The Georgia State Board of Education defines a gifted student as “ . . . a student who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual, creative and/or artistic ability (ies), possesses exceptional leadership skills, or excels in specific academic fields and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities." The Program for the Gifted is part of the Curriculum and Instruction Department and is funded by the state. The procedures for identifying and placing students in the gifted program are governed by the Georgia State Department of Education. WSCD offers the FOCUS Program in the elementary schools and the advanced content program models in the middle and high schools.
Elementary students participate in the gifted program for a minimum of 225 minutes per week (K-3rd grade) and 250 minutes per week (4-5 grades). Students are supported by a certified teacher of the gifted.
Middle and high school gifted students are taught at least one period per day in a content-based program by a certified teacher of the gifted. In the high schools, gifted students may also participate in Advanced Placement, Directed-study courses, dual enrollment and/or Mentorship. The State BOE rule requires a minimum of 250 minutes per week for students in grades 6 through 12.
To be eligible for gifted services, students must qualify in three of the following four areas:
It is the policy and practice of the Walton County School District to provide opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, genetic information or veteran status in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to: admission, educational services, financial aid and employment. Questions related to the application and compliance of this policy may contact the school system’s coordinator, Dr. Lance Young, at 200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe, Georgia 30656 or at (770) 266-4520, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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