GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Gifted Education classes offer accelerated learning and enriched academic curriculum experiences that focus on and extend Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Academic Knowledge and Skills. Students are identified and placed in gifted education based on criteria established by the Georgia General Assembly and the Georgia State Board of Education. Students who transfer from gifted education programs within the state of Georgia have reciprocity into the Gwinnett program providing the original placement was correctly completed. Students who transfer from out-of-state must meet Georgia requirements. Parents should notify the school when registering their child that he/she was identified as a gifted education student in their previous school.
Referrals to the gifted program may come from teachers, parents, peers, the student her/himself or as the result of system-wide testing scores. A school’s gifted eligibility team reviews referrals at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year to determine which students will be evaluated. Following the cutoff date at the end of a school year, a student’s eligibility cannot be reviewed until the beginning of the next school year. A child may be referred once during grades K-2, once in grades 3-5, once in middle school and once during high school. The evaluation includes the student’s mental aptitude, achievement, creativity and motivation. Private evaluations and testing may not be substituted for test data generated by the local school.