Brian Allen, Gifted Resource Teacher


The Great Neck Middle School Gifted Program serves students through a cluster/resource model. In this model, our gifted students are clustered together and placed on specific teams. Our gifted program provides differentiated instruction through collaboration of core teachers and the gifted resource teacher, Mr. Allen. Gifted students interact with their teachers and classmates in a heterogeneous setting, while benefiting from the curricular modification of content, process, product, and learning environment. Mr. Allen also works with teachers to implement a variety of instructional strategies to provide for the needs of gifted students. Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades can still attend ODC for dance. Students who are identified gifted in visual arts now attend Virginia Beach Middle School full time.


  • To challenge students with differentiated, interdisciplinary opportunities
  • To provide a flexible, innovative curriculum that promotes self-esteem, productivity, creativity, and leadership
  • To develop individual talents, special abilities, and a commitment to excellence

Referrals and Screenings
Students may be considered for gifted programs through referral by parents, guardians, teachers, or self-nomination. Referral forms for all programs are now available online. Please contact the gifted resource teacher for more information. Application requests for intellectual eligibility may be submitted at any time during the academic year. Separate referral deadlines and applications are available online for Kemps Landing Magnet School, Old Donation Center's Visual Arts Program, Old Donation Center's Dance Program, the Secondary Arts Enrichment Program, the Governor's School for the Arts, and the various high school academy programs. Please follow the link for gifted programs for more information.

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