Gifted Education

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Parents of students in the Gifted Program (Program Challenge), please make sure you sign your student's Gifted Continuation Agreement and return it to his/her homeroom teacher.

Gifted students require a differentiated education because of their unique potential and needs. They require educational experiences in higher-level thought processes: analysis, evaluation and synthesis.

Douglas County's middle school gifted education program is multifaceted. In keeping with state guidelines and using Georgia's Standards of Excellence (GSE), the program's goal is to provide experiences that serve the needs of the identified gifted students by strengthening the students' higher order thinking skills while nurturing their creative abilities. Additionally, the gifted education teachers serve as a resource for classroom teachers as they modify curriculum to meet the individual needs of gifted children within the setting of the regular classroom via compacting, acceleration, and enrichment. Gifted services should be provided according to students' area of giftedness. Gifted learners should be assessed for proficiency on a regular basis and subsequently provided with appropriate instruction.

For all gifted content courses, the first priority for instruction is to meet regular performance standards as defined by the GSE. In addition, courses include greater emphasis on technology, research, and critical thinking. In developing the curriculum for each course, the overriding goal has been for gifted children to achieve in ways not always possible in the regular classroom.

The high school program likewise has as its primary goal to challenge appropriately all students to their optimal level of success. The program includes the Honors Program, International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement, and Joint Enrollment.

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