Overview Of Calhoun City Schools’ Gifted Program
Calhoun City Schools adheres to a fundamental belief that all students can learn and should be provided opportunities and challenges for learning at the most appropriate level. Embodied in this belief is the commitment to provide continuous challenge and diversity of content and process to meet the needs of gifted learners.
Most students participating in the Discovery Program at the primary and elementary level are provided enriched instruction in one class a day in the content areas of math and English/Language Arts taught by gifted endorsed teachers. Gifted endorsed teachers modify content by pre-testing concepts and then compacting the regular curriculum, enabling students to move at a faster pace, to explore concepts that are more complex and abstract, to develop advanced research skills and methods, and to gain collaborative and responsible leadership skills. In addition to the content classes, most first grade through fifth grade students are also served in our Discovery class. In Discovery students are provided with enrichment to the regular standards. This learning environment allows students to explore concepts more deeply over a longer period of time—utilizing hands-on activities and providing opportunities for critical thinking and real-world problem solving.
At Calhoun Middle School, gifted students are taught in a heterogeneous group setting by a gifted endorsed teacher in math, language arts, science, and social studies— where classes are available during the current school year.
Calhoun City Schools offers a diverse selection of advanced level classes and opportunities to its high school students including Honors, Advanced Placement and the Discovery Apprenticeship Program. The Apprenticeship program is available to seniors and participation is determined through an application process. This program allows students to become deeply rooted in a career of their choice to help them further plan their college/career path.
Determining Eligibility for Gifted Services
After a referral and data have been collected in all four eligibility categories—mental ability, achievement, creativity and motivation— an Eligibility Team will carefully review all data to make an eligibility decision. In keeping with GBOE Rule 160-4-2-.38, a student must meet eligibility criteria in one of two ways: 1) qualify through a multiple-criteria assessment process by meeting criteria in any three of the four eligibility categories, or 2) score at the 99th percentile (for grades K-2) or the 96th percentile (for grades 3-12) on the composite or full scale score of a standardized test of mental ability and meet one of the achievement criteria.
Methods of Referral to the Eligibility Team
• Referral from teacher or other school employee, parent, peers, or self
• Automatic referral based on student's ITBS scores in total math or reading (90th percentile or above)
Students who have been determined eligible for gifted education services in any public school system in Georgia will automatically be eligible for services in Calhoun City Schools once documentation of service in the former school district has been received. Students transferring from out of state will need to be considered on an individual basis by the school’s Eligibility Team.
Note: A school’s Eligibility Team is comprised of teachers, administrators, and counselors.