Gifted Program

Welcome to the home of the Gifted Department at the Calhoun Educational Complex. 

Mission
 
The mission of Calhoun City Schools is to inspire all students to become life-long
learners in the pursuit of excellence. The Calhoun City Schools’ Gifted Program
recognizes that our students have unique needs and that it is our responsibility to help
them maximize their potential. The mission of the Gifted Program is to maximize the potential of gifted students by providing programs and services that accommodate these differences, including curriculum responsive to individual learning rates, styles, and complexity.

 

Program Overview & Goals

Calhoun City School is proud of our curriculum which supports those students who are extremely driven and work toward the highest educational level possible. This plan begins with the Discovery Program which serves those students identified as gifted under state testing and identification guidelines. Discovery is offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Once a student enters middle school, they may be enrolled in honors classes without being technically identified as gifted. These placements are based upon teacher referral, educational performance, and motivation. This criteria is also continued throughout high school where students can further challenge themselves through honors and/or the Advanced Placement Programs.

Calhoun City Schools strives to:

• Meet the learning needs of gifted students through use of a curriculum that
provides opportunities for research and the development of critical and creative
thinking skills
• Identify and nurture strengths and potential in our students through the use of
a continuum of services
• Enhance the skills of teachers who work with gifted children in order to provide
for their needs more fully

 

Gifted Referrals

A student may be referred for consideration for gifted education services by teachers,
counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals with
knowledge of the student’s abilities. The purpose of the referral process is to collect existing information about the student being nominated. The appropriate nomination form should be completed by the person nominating a student for evaluation. Forms are submitted to the Gifted Education Teacher.
 

Automatic Referrals

The Automatic Referral process is an opportunity for students to be identified as potential candidates for further testing who may not be otherwise nominated. Calhoun City Schools conducts an annual Child Find by examining the fall universal screening data as well as standardized testing conducted the previous school year. Homeroom teachers will complete the nomination form for these students.

Visit the Calhoun City Schools Gifted Education Procedural Handbook to learn more about CCS's Gifted Education Services, Eligibility Process, Programming Standards, and Policies.

Please click here for the Georgia Department of Education's Gifted Resources Website for many useful resources. 

Contact Melea Robbins at robbinsm@calhounschools.org with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child's education.