Gifted Education

Gifted Education coordinator, Ms. Connie Vita


Gifted education is the shared responsibility of the Bureau of Special Education and the Bureau of Teaching and Learning Support. The integrated approach commits both Bureaus to providing support for Chapter 16.
Title 22 Education, Chapter 16: Special Education for Gifted Students regulations, the Parent Guide to Gifted Education, the Basic Education Circular Special Education for Gifted Students and the Gifted Guidelines reflect Pennsylvania’s commitment to gifted students as “children with exceptionalities” and therefore in need of specially designed instruction.
Attention current High School Juniors!

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University is now accepting applications from talented high school juniors for the summer 2019 program.  PGSS is an intensive, five-week summer residential program, which emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research, for 56 talented high school juniors pursuing careers in science and mathematics.  With the support of Governor Tom Wolf, the state Department of Education, Carnegie Mellon University and the school’s alumni, the program offers an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  The goal of the program is to encourage Pennsylvania’s youth to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.  Accepted applicants will receive a full scholarship to the program.  Costs are underwritten through matching funds provided by PGSS Campaign, Inc., the school’s alumni, Carnegie Mellon University, parents and corporations.  Awarded scholarships will cover the costs of housing, meals and all instructional materials.  Families are responsible for transportation to and from the university, personal items and spending money.  Students must commit to living on campus at Carnegie Mellon University throughout the duration of the program.


When:  June 30, 2019to August 3, 2019

Where:  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Who May Apply:  The program is open to high school juniors at time of application who attend a public, nonpublic and private school or are homeschooled.

Deadline to Apply: Completed applications must be emailed per instructions on the website no later than January 31, 2019.  Applications emailed after this date and time will be disqualified.