Fairfax County Association for the Gifted

Fairfax County Association for the Gifted

Building a community of advocates for gifted children and
connecting the people and programs that support them.

The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG), is a non-governmental, non-profit organization of parent and student volunteers that supports educational programs for advanced academic students. FCAG's primary activity is advocacy for gifted students. In addition to advocacy, FCAG hosts meetings with distinguished speakers that are free and open to the public, sponsors math contests such as the AMC 8 and AMC 10, and annually hosts a Summer Academic Programs and Enrichment Camp Fair. FCAG also publishes newsletters and hosts a free, online, interactive Yahoo discussion group with over 2000 participants. You do not need to be a resident of Fairfax County to join the organization.

Join FCAG to support these efforts!


Newsfeed and Online Discussion

Visit the FCAG Yahoo Groups Discussion Page.

Follow us on Twitter at @FCAGifted


Competition: Helpful or Harmful?

On June 1, 2015 at 7 pm at Jackson Middle School, FCAG presents a provocative discussion featuring Ashley Merryman, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing".


  • Featuring author Ashley Merryman, who is changing the dialog regarding competition and helping us discover what truly lies in the heart and mind of a champion. From soccer to the SAT, Top Dog explains how neuroscience and character combine with ability and training to create winning and losing outcomes. Her New York Times essay "Losing is Good For You" challenges the practice of indiscriminate praise and reward, prompting us to evaluate participation trophies and re-think what really motivates excellence.
  • Olympic figure skating coach and US National Medalist Audrey Weisiger, President and Founder of Grassroots to Champions, mentoring the next generation of champions and their coaches.

Moderated by Rena F. Subotnik, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Association. Specialist in psychological strength training.

This is the flyer for the event.

Book Signing by Ashley Merryman - Optional Pre-Order Available

Independent bookseller Politics and Prose has kindly offered to run a book sale on June 1 during our event "Competition: Helpful or Harmful." Ms. Merryman will be signing books "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing" and "NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children" before and after the event. If you would like to pre-order one or both books, you can do so through FCAG's Paypal account. All proceeds will forwarded to Politics and Prose as bookseller. If you would like to purchase one or both books at the event, please make checks out to Politics and Prose for the amount shown.

Book pre-order Payments
Top Dog


Please note that Paypal shows a shipping address. This shipping address will not be used. Please pick up your order at Luther Jackson MS on June 1 between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

If you would like to make a donation to FCAG to support our costs and allow us to bring more events like this one to you, please donate

any amount your like through Paypal or become a member.


FCAG will hold a year-end General Membership Meeting on June 1, 2015

FCAG will hold a year-end General Membership Meeting on June 1 at 6:00 pm at Luther Jackson Middle School in the auditorium. While this meeting is open to the public, only "active FCAG members" ( defined as members current on their membership dues) will be asked to vote on business matters. We will be checking in members at the door. Please note that our event "Competition: Helpful or Harmful?" is also at Luther Jackson on June 1 beginning at 7 pm, so our General Membership meeting will begin promptly at 6 pm.

FCAG's is currently seeking candidates for four elected offices for the 2015-2016 school year. The nominations period ran from April 1 through April 30. Thank you for those who have volunteered for board and officer service. Our Nominations Committee has reviewed the nominations and present for consideration the following slate of officers:

  • President - Aditya Bhatnagar
  • Vice President - Rebecca Goldin
  • Treasurer - Jane Guo
  • Secretary - Nancy Levonian

At the General Meeting, before calling for a vote on the slate, we will call for nominations from the floor. If there are no nominations from the floor, we will proceed with a voice vote. Board members are appointed by the President and will be announced after Officer elections take place.

If you have questions about the specific duties of any of these offices, please contact any of the current officers, or the Nominating Committee Chair, Grace Becker.


2015 Summer Camp Fair

Summer is coming with its longer days and warm, serene evenings. Summer is also a time to challenge children with experiences out of the ordinary. Many colleges, schools and private organizations offer summer programs tailored especially for gifted youngsters of all ages such as Fairfax Collegiate, Stanford University,and other programs offered in 2015. A listing does not imply an endorsement by FCAG.

Each year, FCAG hosts a summer camp fair.The 2015 Summer Program Fair was held on Wednesday, January 28th , 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Longfellow Middle School. At the Fair, summer enrichment program representatives exhibited their offerings, and the event was free and open to the public. The 2015 FCAG Summer Fair exhibition list is available. A listing does not imply an endorsement by FCAG.



February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Luther Jackson Middle School


  • Dr. Carol Horn, K-12 Coordinator, Advanced Academic Programs, FCPS
  • Dr. Karin Varblow, M.D., board-certified pediatrician with expertise in Behavioral Pediatrics and treating children with ADHD
  • Michael Bloom, Coordinator, PreK-12 Special Ed Instruction, FCPS

The unique needs of Twice Exceptional, or 2e learners, can be challenging for everyone, especially the 2e student. Have you ever wondered why your gifted child or another child you know struggles when he/she should be smart enough to "figure it out?"

The presentations are posted here:


On June 1, 2015 at 7 pm at Jackson Middle School, FCAG presents a provocative discussion featuring Ashley Merryman, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing".


FCAG was invited to be part of the TJ Admissions Advisory Group for FCPS. Read FCAG's newsfeed for more information.


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