Gifted and Talented Programs

Georgia/Columbia County School System

Gifted and Talented Learner Characteristics

  • Demonstrates high degree of intellectual and/or creative abilities
  • Exhibits a high degree of motivation
  • Excels in specific academic fields
  • Learns new material faster than peers
  • Great memory
  • Passionate interest in specific topics
  • Advanced vocabulary
  • Curious and observant

Testing of Gifted and Talented Learners

  • Students who score at specified levels on certain norm-referenced tests receive automatic referral
  • Students who are referred must go through formal evaluation in the following categories:
  1. Mental Ability
  2. Achievement
  3. Creativity
  4. Motivation
  • Gifted qualification requires a) qualifying score in mental ability and achievement categories or b) qualifying scores in 3 of the 4 categories

Services for Gifted and Talented Learners

Accommodations Used for Gifted and Talented Learners


  • Gifted Standards/Differentiated Curriculum
  1. Development of research skills
  2. Development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  3. Development of critical thinking and logical problem-solving skills
  4. Development of advanced communication skills
  5. Development of self-awareness and unique characteristics

  • Smaller Class Size - 17 max. for elementary and 21 max. for middle/high school

  • Program needed to allow students to:
  1. Feel comfortable with themselves and with their gifted traits
  2. Follow their strong internal drive to develop their full potential