The Gifted Program
Gifted children are those who perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. All second grade students in the Athens City Schools will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist provided by the State Department of Education. A student may be referred for consideration for gifted services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals knowledgeable of the student's abilities. Parents must be informed when students are referred.
For each student referred, information is gathered in the following three areas:
- Aptitude – Aptitude should be assessed through an individual or group test of intelligence or creativity.
- Characteristics – A behavior rating scale designed to assess gifted behaviors is completed by a classroom teacher.
- Performance – At least three indicators of performance at a gifted level must be submitted. These may include, but are not limited to, achievement test scores, products, work samples, and/or portfolios.
The scores from the assessments/items used are entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.