Henry County School System
recognizes the need to provide gifted education services to K-12
students who have the potential for exceptional achievement.
Special Activities in Gifted
Education (SAGE), the academic instructional program for
identified gifted students, enhances and extends curriculum.
Students may access gifted referral procedures without
discrimination with regard to race, religion, national origin,
gender, disabilities or economic background. Students must qualify
within state guidelines for gifted program eligibility and
placement using assessment tools that meet Georgia Department of
Education standards of validity and reliability. The procedures
described here establish the framework for Henry County School
System to provide gifted services under Georgia Code IDDD and
Department of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38.
The overall aim of gifted
services is to provide educational opportunities and experiences
to help students extend their learning, develop individual
potential, enhance their self-concept, and become independent
Gifted education teachers
collaborate to plan instruction that supports the Georgia Quality
Core Curriculum and meets assessed needs of gifted students for
more elaborate, complex and in-depth study of major ideas,
problems and themes. Activities
provide students the opportunity to extend learning in research
and reference, communication and technology, and defining personal
learning goals and monitoring progress toward achieving them.
Materials and equipment are selected to meet sequential and
developmental needs of gifted students. Annual gifted program
review and evaluation helps maintain program effectiveness.
Referral and Child
The Henry County School System
makes gifted program referral and eligibility information
available to all interested persons through student handbooks,
newsletters and other public announcements.
teachers, and others may refer a student based on
observed characteristics in the areas of mental ability,
achievement, creativity, and motivation, according to Georgia
Department of Education guidelines. The individual who wishes
to have a student evaluated for the gifted program should
notify the childís classroom teacher who will, in turn,
complete the Referral for Gifted Services form and
forward it to the gifted resource teacher in the school.
referral is made by
gifted education teachers screening standardized test scores
annually for students posting mental abilities scores at or
above the 96th percentile or achievement scores at or above
the 90th percentile in reading or mathematics, or 90th
percentile on the total battery or composite score.
previously enrolled in another Georgia Gifted Program are
eligible for placement as soon as their participation can be
confirmed through a request of records.
Parents should contact the childís previous school to
request the studentís gifted records be forwarded to the new
school. Students coming from the gifted program of an
accredited school may be placed in SAGE when official records
indicate that the student has satisfied Georgia gifted
qualifying criteria. A gifted education teacher will notify
parents/guardians in writing of the childís referral and
will obtain their written consent for formal assessment.
a student is referred, the
made up of a gifted education teacher, the classroom
teacher, and a building administrator or counselor, will
review available records to determine whether it is
appropriate to continue the evaluation process. Data gathered
by a source outside the school system may be considered as
a part of the referral process, but will not be substituted
for data the school generates during the evaluation
gifted education teacher will notify parents/guardians in
writing of the childís referral and will obtain
their written consent for formal assessment.
students are evaluated during the second semester for
placement at the beginning of the next school year.
testing does not warrant placement, re-evaluation may not
occur for at least two years.
sixty days of the completion of the assessment process,
parents will be notified in writing of their childís
evaluation results and of the opportunity for parent
conference and possibility of placement.
of Eligibility Rule 160-4-2-.38
The referral and evaluation of students for the gifted program
requires collecting data in (1) mental abilities, (2) achievement,
(3) motivation, and (4) creativity. A student can qualify with one
of the two following sets of criteria:
County School System SAGE program complements other educational
services while incorporating age appropriate delivery of
differentiated instruction to meet gifted learner needs.
Identified students, admitted for gifted services, are served a
minimum of five instructional segments per week by teachers
certified in gifted instruction or in their specific content area
for Advanced Placement classes. Once a parent or guardian agrees to a studentís gifted
placement, the student is expected to be present for the gifted
Model: Grades K - 5
Teachers certified in gifted education serve elementary
students one day per week for 5 to 6 contact hours or for a
minimum of 270 minutes in grades K - 3 and 300 minutes in
grades 4 - 5. The five-year rotating curriculum of
interdisciplinary thematic units is academically based in
science, social studies, mathematics and language arts, while
integrating fine arts, vocational awareness, and technology.
On the day students come to SAGE class each week, they are
responsible to the SAGE teacher for SAGE homework assignments.
On the days they are in regular classroom, they are
responsible to their classroom teacher for homework
assignments. SAGE classes represent one-fifth of the
elementary SAGE studentís educational program and should be
treated as an alternate program to meet the special needs of
gifted students, rather than an addition to the regular
classroom program. SAGE teachers enrich and accelerate the
Georgia Quality Core Curriculum and issue a separate SAGE
student report card on a published schedule at the end of each
study unit. Teacher planning and coordination ensures that
learner needs are met and that no more than twenty percent of
any given subject, including special projects, is missed while
gifted students are being served in the SAGE classroom.
Parents should feel free to contact either the classroom
teacher or the SAGE teacher if they perceive a problem with
student progress or expectations.
Model: Grades 6 - 8
Students in grades 6 - 8 are
served one or two segments per day during scheduled daily
are placed on an academic team where they receive direct
instruction in various content areas from a teacher certified
in the area of gifted. The
middle school teachers differentiate the curriculum to meet
the needs of the gifted learners and document program
resources and procedures in their lesson plans.
Placement Model: Grades 9 - 12
Honors classes provide
differentiation in grade 9 English and in grade 10 English
and/or world history instruction for gifted students.
These classes, scheduled in compliance with the Quality
Core Curriculum objectives for grade level, are preparatory to
Advanced Placement courses for students in grades 11-12.
Students are served by gifted certified teachers for a minimum
of five segments or 300 minutes instructional time per week.
Education Services also provides a minimum of five segments
per week of differentiation for gifted students through
placement courses, offered through the College Board, Advanced
Placement Education Services, allow students to complete
college-level courses while still in secondary school.
Identified gifted students may be approved for advanced
placement studies in one or more academic content areas
(mathematics, science, social studies, English, and foreign
language). Teachers for these courses are certified in their
appropriate content area.
A written contract described in the facilitator
delivery model should be required. The contact time specifies
the segment(s) the student is scheduled into accelerated
classes, and teachers record planned instructional objectives,
indicating how they differentiate instruction for the
identified gifted students.
These delivery systems earn gifted funding weight when
the facilitator model requirements are met.
Frequently asked questions about the elementary gifted program.
State guidelines require that full
time gifted program teachers and coordinators of gifted
services meet professional gifted certification requirements
prior to beginning work in gifted education.
Advanced Placement Education Services teachers need
certification in their appropriate content areas.
Henry County School System
addresses the priorities of personnel serving gifted learners
by providing staff development through workshops,
scholarships, professional conferences and conventions, course
work, ongoing in service activities, pre- and post-planning
days, and professional literature.
Teachers and administrative personnel will be
encouraged to draw on other available resources such as
college and university courses, Georgia Learning Resources
System (GLRS), Regional Educational Services Agencies (RESA),
and the Georgia Department of Education.
Continuation requires that a student maintain satisfactory
performance in the gifted program and the regular education
program as noted by regular attendance, active participation,
appropriate conduct and attitude for learning, completion of
assignments, and acceptable academic achievement. Guidelines include maintenance of an over-all academic
average minimum of ďBĒ for each (mathematics, English/language
arts, science, social studies and foreign language when it is part
of the studentís program) grading period at all levels.
When such letter grades are not awarded the ďS,Ē or
satisfactory, will be recognized.
The regular classroom teacher and gifted education teacher
share the responsibility of communicating with each other
concerning a studentís progress.
Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration,
and final decisions for continuation rest with the serving gifted
- If a student has a severe drop
in grades, the gifted education teacher will schedule a
conference with the studentís parents and teachers for the
purpose of determining the source of difficulty.
- If a student in the gifted
program fails to meet the requirements of the Continuation
Policy during a grade reporting period (semester for grades 9
- 12), the supporting gifted education teacher shall send
written notice to that studentís parents/guardians placing
the student on probation for the ensuing grading period. The
notice includes a statement that the student shall become
eligible to return to the gifted program upon meeting the
Henry County School System criteria.
- During the last week of the
probationary period, the gifted education teacher will confer
with the studentís parent/guardian and teachers to determine
the appropriateness of continued participation in the gifted
gifted education teacher will record conclusions reached at
this conference as (1) continued probation, (2) administrative
withdrawal, or (3) removal from probationary status.
The form will be placed in the studentís file.
and Re-entry Procedures
- An administrative withdrawal,
recorded by the gifted education teacher, removes the student
from the program when requested in writing by a parent or when
the student fails to meet continuation criteria because of
unsatisfactory performance in either the SAGE program or
regular education program.
Parents will be provided a written copy of the recorded
- After one complete grading
period following administrative withdrawal, and when the
student restores qualifications for continuation criteria,
parents may petition for the student to re-enter the program.
The gifted education teacher will send confirmation of
eligibility for SAGE re-entry to the parent/guardian.
teachers shall annually review the progress of students enrolled
in the gifted program. The
Gifted Placement Review form or the Elementary SAGE Report
Card will be used for documenting this review
Gifted records are maintained
at local school sites and should be requested separately from
other school records when students are withdrawing or
more information on a state and national level, check out these sites:
The Georgia Association for Gifted Children www.gagc.org
The National Association for Gifted Children www.nagc.org
assistance or concerns regarding Gifted Services, you may contact
Liz Burr, Coordinator for Gifted ,
770-957-6547, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or you may contact the Gifted Services Educator at your child's
County Home Page
Henry County Schools
396 Tomlinson Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Phone 770-957-6601 * Fax 678-583-4951
Revised: January 10, 2005.
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