that your child has qualified for the gifted program, I am sending
this letter to answer questions parents often ask.
will my child go to SAGE class?
Elementary students receive instruction from a certified gifted
education teacher for a minimum of five segments per week.
Usually this will be on an assigned day.
Schedules may be adjusted from time to time to accommodate
gifted teacher training and administrative responsibilities.
What will my child study in SAGE?
The elementary gifted curriculum is designed to meet the special
needs of gifted students, exploring topics in greater depth than in
regular classroom instruction.
The five-year rotating curriculum of interdisciplinary
thematic units is academically based in science, social studies,
mathematics and language arts, but includes fine arts, vocational
awareness and technical skills.
The study units for the 2002-2003 school year will be (1)
Pioneers and the American West, (2) Mythology, (3) Islands and
Oceans. A study of geometry will also be included throughout the
my child make up work he misses in the regular classroom while
he/she is in SAGE?
The SAGE curriculum is your gifted child=s alternate course of study
during the SAGE teaching/learning segments.
Therefore your child is not responsible for the work missed
in the regular classroom.
What about homework?
A student shall be encouraged, but not required, to complete the
regular classroom homework assigned for the day the child
participates in SAGE.
How will I know about my child's progress in SAGE?
At the end of each SAGE study unit you will receive a report card
assessing skills appropriate to gifted children.
SAGE grades are not averaged into academic grades in the
regular classroom, but continuation in the gifted program requires
my child have to be tested again next year?
No. Once your child has
qualified for the Georgia gifted program, he/she may remain in the
program as long as the following continuation policy criteria is
met: A student must
maintain a 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 maintaining a AB@ academic average for
each grading period. When
applicable, the AS@ or satisfactory will be recognized.
what kinds of activities will my child participate?
SAGE students experience hands‑on learning.
The absence of textbooks allows gifted education teachers to
plan a wide variety of interdisciplinary activities to provide
enrichment and in-depth study in areas of individual interest.
Instruction supports the Georgia Quality Core Curriculum and
is designed to meet assessed needs of your child.