Gifted Program FAQs
How are children referred to the Gifted Program?
Children are referred automatically as a result of system-wide or school-wide testing. Children may also be referred by teachers, counselors, parents, themselves, or administrators. Referral is initiated by completing the Observation Form which requests anecdotal evidence of recognized gifted traits and behaviors. No child will be tested on a personal recommendation until the Observation Form is completed. To refer a child for screening, please contact the teacher of the gifted, the classroom teacher, or the school counselor in your child’s school. Two testing windows are established for this academic yea. The first window will be in September and October. This window is restricted to students whose testing was interrupted in the Spring 2020 window, move-ins from out of state, and first grade students who meet a 60th percentile on the CogAT universal screener. The Spring 2021 window will begin in March. All other students who are referred for testing will be tested at that time. All gifted assessment is scheduled within those windows. When a child is referred for assessment, parents are notified in writing. Under Georgia guidelines, test scores are valid for two years. Retesting, should that be necessary, occurs at the close of two years.
What does Fayette County's Gifted Program Model look like?
In grades K-5, gifted students are served in a resource model. Students are scheduled into classes for the gifted once a week for an entire day or twice a week for a full morning and full afternoon. When not receiving gifted services, they work with their regular class. In grades 6-12, gifted students study in specific academic areas of interest and expertise. All gifted classes are taught by teachers who are specialists in their field and have earned an additional certification endorsement. At the K-5 level, the Gifted Program is an interdisciplinary exploration built on significant thematic issues and the investigation of complex questions. Activities require critical thinking, and the development of advanced research and communication skills. The secondary program for grades 6-12 offers content area classes which are both qualitatively and quantitatively different from those in the regular curriculum. These classes require extension of exploration and applied critical thinking skills. In some cases summer reading is also a required part of the program.
What are the criteria for remaining a student in good standing within the Gifted Program?
A student’s performance in gifted classes is reviewed at the end of each semester, earlier if difficulties become evident. Continuation in the Gifted Program in Fayette County requires a student to meet criteria-specific performance requirements. These requirements include satisfactory performance in classes for the gifted as evidenced by participation, completion of assignments, and the maintenance of an average of 80 or better in the gifted classroom. If a student fails to meet any requirement of satisfactory participation in the gifted placement, a probationary period follows where the child remains in the gifted placement for the 18-week semester. Failure to meet these performance requirements at the completion of the probationary period will result in the student’s being declared ineligible for gifted services for the entirety of the following 18-week semester. The student may regain placement in the Gifted Program after meeting all continuation requirements in the regular education program. Re-entry may occur only at the beginning of the next 18-week semester. Parents are notified in writing at the end of each semester of changes in placement status.
A student’s performance in all gifted classes is reviewed at the end of each semester, earlier if difficulties become evident. Continuation in the Gifted Program in Fayette County requires a student to meet criteria-specific performance requirements in classes for the gifted as evidenced by participation, completion of assignments, and the maintenance of an average of 80 or better in each gifted class and/or a 70 or better in each Advanced Placement or accelerated math class. If a student fails to meet the performance requirements in a gifted class, the student will be placed on gifted probation the following semester for that department’s gifted courses. Failure to meet the performance requirements in the same academic area for two consecutive semesters will result in the student’s being declared ineligible for gifted courses from that department for the entirety of the following semester and placed in a non-gifted core course in the same academic area. The student may regain gifted placement in that department after meeting all continuation requirements. Re-entry may occur only at the beginning of the next 18-week semester. The student is allowed to remain in all other gifted classes as long as all continuation requirements are met. Parents are notified in writing at the end of each semester of changes in placement status.
What if the Gifted Program proves to be unsuitable for my child?
Withdrawal from the elementary enrichment program can be initiated by parents by contacting your student’s gifted teacher to withdraw your student from the program.
Middle and High School students should contact their guidance counselor to initiate Gifted Academic Intervention. The requesting student will not be immediately rescheduled until the next semester. Placement upon removal from a gifted class will be determined by space availability in the master schedule and may result in additional schedule changes. The transfer grade to the new class will be the current class average, even if it is a failing grade.
Students may re-enter the program at the beginning of any semester without re-evaluation if they meet performance requirements of the Continuation Policy at the time of the re-entry request. Re-entry occurs only at the beginning of a semester.
What is the duration of my child's placement in the program?
As long as performance requirements are met, you and your child will determine whether to continue participation.