Gifted Education

In PWCS, students are found eligible for gifted services in Specific Intellectual Aptitude (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and/or History and Social Sciences). The Identification and Placement process in PWCS uses multiple criteria. View the Educational Services for Gifted Students information guide for detailed information. 

Educational Program Placement

The Interstate Compact addresses educational program placement for military students. Per the Interstate Compact, the receiving state shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at the school in the sending state or participation/placement in like programs in the sending state. Such programs include but are not limited to: 1) gifted and talented programs; and 2) English as a second language (ESL)

Home Instruction

Some military families may choose homeschooling as a choice of instruction. See the requirements for home instruction in PWCS. Additional guidance is available in the Home Instruction Handbook from the Virginia Department of Education. 

Advanced Academic & Specialty Programs

PWCS provides a wide range of opportunities for its students at the high school, middle school, and elementary school level.  To explore what each specialty program has to offer, visit the PWCS Academic & Specialty Programs homepage. 

Advanced Academics

High School Specialty Programs:

(include but not limited to the following)

  • The Center for Biotechnology and Engineering
  • Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences
  • Center for the Fine and Performing Arts
  • Center for International Studies and Languages

Career & Technical Education Transfer Programs: 

(include but not limited to the following)

  • Agriculture
  • Auto Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Center for Information Technology
  • Electricity
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • TV Production
  • Welding

Career & Technical Education Transport Programs:

  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Firefighting
  • Practical Nursing

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

Students who wish to participate in JROTC shall enroll in their base school or in the program to which their school is assigned.  Visit the PWCS JROTC homepage for program locations. 


For full details regarding high school specialty program offerings, view the High School Program Opportunities Information Guide (PDF) and the high school specialty program webpage. For information on middle school specialty opportunities view the Middle School Program Opportunities Information Brochure (PDF) and webpage.

Details regarding the application process, timelines, and procedures for specialty programs are available in regulation 630.02-1

Graduation Requirements

The Virginia Board of Education sets forth graduation requirements and diploma options for students based upon the year a student enters ninth grade for the first time. In accordance with School Board Policy 662, “Graduation Requirements,” PWCS shall follow the rules and regulations stipulated for graduation. Students who satisfy all the requirements specified for their diploma option will be deemed graduates of PWCS and shall be eligible to earn their diploma. View the Graduation Requirements Quick Guides for additional information on each diploma option. 

Transfers During Senior Year

In some cases, military students may experience a school transition during their senior year possibly impacting their eligibility for graduation. The following guidance is provided in the Interstate Compact:

Transfers during senior year – There may be cases in which a military student transferring at the beginning or during his or her senior year is ineligible to graduate from the receiving LEA after all alternatives have been considered. In such cases the sending and receiving LEA’s shall ensure the receipt of a diploma from the sending LEA, if the student meets the graduation requirements of the sending LEA. In the event that one of the states in question is not a member of this compact, the member state shall use best efforts to facilitate on-time graduation of the student. 

Below are additional resources on facilitating on-time graduation for military transfer students.

Providing Flexibility to Military Transfer Students to Facilitate On-Time Graduation

Alternate Provisions for Military Transfer Students to Meet Graduation Requirements

Flexibility in Health and Physical Education Requirements to Facilitate On-Time Graduation for All Transfer Students