Updated information to come in early 2020!

The Virginia Department of Education and the MathScience Innovation Center support this special program for students in grades 6, 7 and 8th who are identified as gifted by their school divisions. Choose from among six-course offerings and explore the exciting worlds of math, science, and technology. All classes meet at the MathScience Innovation Center.

Public, private and homeschool students from 13 school divisions are eligible to participate: The counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.

Public school students will submit applications to their respective district Gifted Coordinators. Private school students will submit applications to the designated gifted coordinator/teacher at their school. Homeschool students will mail their applications to the MathScience Innovation Center c/o Debbie Mitchell, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223 with teacher recommendation letters sealed. 

Dates: June 22 – 26, 29, 30 & July 1, 2020
Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm 
Locations: MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223
Transportation: Parent/Guardians must provide student transportation
Note: Students must bring packed lunches

For additional information, please contact:
Debbie Mitchell: 804-343-3525 ext. 80243
Christian Stiff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Choices for students currently in the 6th & 7th grades.


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The Next Giant Leap

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