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Curriculum - Gifted Program

Curriculum > Gifted Program


Purpose

Students, grades kindergarten through twelve, in the Towns County School System who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic, and/or creative ability are provided with special instructional services by the Program for Gifted Students. Eligibility criteria for placement in this program are determined by the State Board of Education. For further information about Towns County School System’s Program for Gifted Services, please contact Stephanie Moss, Gifted Program Coordinator, at 706-896-2279 ext. 15.

Referral Process

A student may be referred for consideration for gifted educational services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities.

Students who score at or above the 90th percentile on the total reading, total math, or total battery of a norm-referenced achievement test shall be considered automatically.

Students who may need gifted education services are referred to a Search/Eligibility Team. At each school, this team is comprised of teachers, counselors, and/or administrators. The Search/Eligibility Team reviews student information and available test data. It is then determined if further evaluations are needed.

Gifted Referral Form

Evaluations

If the Search/Eligibility Team recommends further evaluation, parents are notified in writing for permission to do additional testing. Georgia requires evaluations in the following four areas:

  • Mental Ability
  • Achievement
  • Creativity
  • Motivation

To be eligible for gifted education services, a student must:

Option 1:
Score at the 99th percentile (grades K-2) or
96th percentile (grades 3-12) on standardized mental abilities test
AND
Score at the 90th percentile or above on total reading, total math, or total battery of a standardized norm-referenced achievement test

OR

Option 2:
Qualify by meeting criteria in any three out of the four categories:

  • Mental Ability Test – Score 96th percentile or above
  • Achievement Test – Score 90th percentile or above on total reading, total math, or total battery
  • Creativity Test – Score 90th percentile or above on a standardized assessment for creative thinking
  • Motivation – Score 90th percentile or above on a standardized motivational scale

Once all evaluations are completed, the Search/Eligibility Team reviews the new test data and determines if the student meet the Georgia eligibility rule. Parents are then notified in writing as to the results. If the student is determined to be eligible for gifted education services, parents must consent to placement in the program.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR TOWN COUNTY STUDENTS

Elementary:
a.
Advanced Content/Honors (K-5)
 (1) English/language arts and Mathematics
b. Resource (K-5)
 (1) Fine arts interdisciplinary enrichment
c. Cluster and Collaborative (K-5)
 (1) Social studies and science

Middle:
a. Advanced Content/Honors
 (1) Mathematics (6th)
 (2) English/language arts (7th)
 (3) 9th Lit and Comp and Coordinate Algebra (8th)
b. Cluster Grouping
 (1) Science (7th & 8th)
c. Resource (6-8)
 (1) English/language arts and science interdisciplinary enrichment

High:
a.
Advanced Content/Honors (9-12)
 (1) 9th, 10th, America and British Lit & Comp
 (2) Coordinate Alg., Analytic Geo., Advanced Alg., Math IV
 (3) Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
 (4) Civics, World History, US History

Important Web Links

Towns County Gifted Manual
Georgia Association for Gifted Children
National Association for Gifted Children

 


Stephanie Moss
Curriculum Director
706-896-2279 ext. 15

 

   

Towns County Schools will be purchasing new science textbooks aligned to the revised Georgia Standards of Excellence. We will begin to utilize the new textbooks in the 2017-2018 school year.  If you would like to preview the samples of the new textbooks please contact me at my office by calling 706-896-2279 or by email at stephaniemoss@townscountyschools.org.  Below is a list of textbooks and a link to information about each.   

TCES:

National Geographic Science Textbooks (Grades K-5)(First Edition for each grade level) 

http://ngl.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?N=201+4294918395&Ntk=NGL%7CP_EPI&Ntt=exploring+science%7C1582759090187359720720660936251251637968&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial

TCMS:

McGraw Hill Georgia Science (Grades 6-8 2017)

http://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/explore/6-12-science/programs.html#middle-school

TCHS:

Environmental Science (Environmental Science:  Sustaining Your World-2017)

http://ngl.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?N=201+4294891945+4294918395&Ntk=P_EPI&Ntt=1918702628666403281910803164308481495&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial

Anatomy & Physiology (Body Structures and Functions -3rd Edition 2017)

http://ngl.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?N=201+4294918395&Ntk=NGL|P_EPI&Ntt=9781305511361|1782789051231527559820810611699905275&Ntx

Forensics:  (Forensic Science: An Introduction-3rd Edition)

http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS1lMk&PMDbSiteId=2781&PMDbSolutionId=6724&PMDbSubSolutionId=&PMDbCategoryId=811&PMDbSubCategoryId=23496&PMDbSubjectAreaId=&PMDbProgramId=140301

Biology (Biology Concepts and Applications 10th Ed.)

http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZu6g&PMDbSiteId=2781&PMDbSolutionId=6724&PMDbSubSolutionId=&PMDbCategoryId=814&PMDbSubCategoryId=24824&PMDbSubjectAreaId=&PMDbProgramId=151541

 

Honors Chemistry (World of Chemistry 3rd Edition)

http://ngl.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?N=201+4294891945+4294918395&Ntk=P_EPI&Ntt=16548800611263301964875376091914764943&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial

 

Physical Science (Science Spectrum:  Physical Science 2017)

http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/science/secondary-science/physical-science

 

Physics (HMD Physics 2017)

http://www.hmhco.com/shop/k12/Holt-McDougal-Physics/9780030998157