Gifted - Information

General Information

Teachers certified in Gifted Education assist eligible students from throughout the district in grades one through five at St. Elmo one day a week. Students identified as gifted at Hannan are served on site. Identified middle and high school students are also served on site.

Documents and Resources

2015 - 2016 Georgia Gifted Resource Manual
48 Essential Links for the Parents of Gifted Children
Gifted Identification Assessment and Eligibility Criteria
Gifted Resource Manual
New Elementary School Continuation Policy
Parent Referral Form
Teacher Referral Form
Ten Suggestions for Parents of Gifted Children
48 Essential Links for Parents of Gifted Children (includes blogs)
Georgia Department of Education - Gifted
Is my child gifted? (characteristics, traits, and domains)
National Association for Gifted Children: Resources for Parents
Parental resources on Hoagies' Gifted (the "all things gifted" page)
SENG Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Frequently Asked Questions

My child was identified gifted in another state and is transferring into Muscogee County. Will my child qualify in Georgia automatically?

There is no reciprocation between states. Your child will not automatically be served as a gifted student. He or she will have to be referred and re-assessed in order to qualify in Georgia.

How can my child be tested for St. Elmo or Hannan? ‎

Students in kindergarten are automatically tested using the NNAT2. Parent permission must be obtained for testing for gifted eligibility. Teachers and parents of students in all grades may submit a referral for testing at any time during the school year. Referral forms are located under "Documents and Resources" section of this page.

What type of curriculum is offered at St. Elmo Gifted Education Center? ‎

The teachers create curriculum that is based on the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and National Standards for Gifted Education incorporating the gifted goals. Academic curriculum is enriched with higher level work that offers rigor and relevance. The school also offers enrichment courses in art, music appreciation, NASA Space Center Activities, and much more.

Is the school year the same as the regular schools? ‎

The year is slightly different from the regular school schedule. Students who attend St. Elmo will not go the first week the students begin school. They will come the second week of the school year and end the week before school gets out for the summer. Students will not attend St. Elmo during any county-wide testing day.

Can I bring my child to the school?

Yes, but we highly recommend that the children ride the bus from their home school. Parents who do bring their children should bring them into the front hall and allow the student to proceed to class independently.

Can I eat lunch with my child? ‎

Yes, we are happy to have parents, grandparents, etc. eat with their children. Please remember to always check in at the office upon your arrival. We encourage you to sit with your child’s class. We do want you to visit, but this would not be a time to discuss your student with his or her teacher. Conference times can be set up through the main office.

How do lunch accounts work at St. Elmo?

Cafeteria Services has made it possible for students to use money from their home school account. Please make sure your child has plenty of money in that account to cover lunches here, too. You do not need to send any lunch money to St. Elmo. Columbus High School provides the lunches, but they follow the elementary menu.

What if my child takes medication? ‎

Just like at their home school, a form needs to be filled out and the medicine brought in the original prescription bottle. Our clinic is open for half a day every day of the week handling medical needs.

What if my child has an inhaler?

Just like at their home school, a form needs to be filled out and the medicine brought in the original prescription package. Your child may leave the inhaler in the clinic or your child may bring it each week. We would appreciate having an inhaler on hand if your child has asthma.

Does my child have to make up work missed while at St. Elmo? ‎

The Muscogee County School District Gifted Education Handbook states, "Students do not make up missed work or homework assigned on the day they attend gifted education classes.” This is a state mandated policy. They do make up tests. A student can be required to make up a specific assignment if the teacher feels the student has not mastered the skill or concept covered by the assignment. Please talk with your home school teacher if you have any concerns or call Mrs. Christine Hull, Director of Advanced Learning and Gifted Programs, at 706-748-3115.

Does my child have to attend each week? ‎

Students are expected to attend their gifted classes each week. The GaDOE Gifted Education Department states that students are required to receive five (5) hours of gifted education services each week. Sometimes their home school has planned events on the days they come to St. Elmo, but most schools try to plan around the days they are here. It is acceptable for them to attend special events, but they should also be mindful of their attendance at St. Elmo.

What if my child performs poorly in school? ‎

Satisfactory performance in both regular education and gifted education classes is required for continuation in the gifted program. A probationary period shall be provided for students who need this service along with a Student Improvement Contract. Each year, parents and students will be required to sign a continuation policy form to ensure structured work and behavior.

Do the students receive report cards? ‎‎

Students will receive learning targets and success criteria for each course with indicators as to whether or not the student has met the learning target and his or her progression of learning as related to the success criteria.

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