Gifted Education Description
Curriculum & Instruction
All levels of the MILE gifted program include instruction in skills areas basic to gifted education. These are: (1) Cognitive Skills (2) Learning Skills (3) Research and Reference Skills (4) Communication Skills and (5) Meta-cognitive skills. The gifted curriculum incorporates these skill areas into units and/or courses of study which address the appropriate Georgia Performance Standards. Curriculum is differentiated to accommodate students’ areas of strength.
Service in all direct service models is a minimum of five segments per week. (A segment is one-sixth of a school day.)
Gifted Program Models
*Note: Gifted models implemented are determined by the individual school based on the needs of the students and scheduling. Advanced Content course offerings at individual grade levels and/or subjects is at the discretion of the school Principal. Kindergarten students are tested during the first semester and, upon entrance to the program in January, are provided services through the resource model for one half day and through the collaborative model for the second half of the day.
- Resource (K-5)
Identified gifted students are provided gifted instruction through interdisciplinary activities based on the MCS curriculum standards. Students meet with their resource teacher anywhere from one to six contact hours per week.
- Cluster grouping (K-12)
Identified gifted students are placed as a small group into a general education classroom taught by a gifted endorsed teacher through separate lesson plans and individual or group student contracts.
- Collaborative (K-12)
A small number of gifted identified students are placed in a general education classroom. Direct instruction is provided with a differentiated curriculum provided by the student’s regular classroom teacher who collaborates with a designated gifted teacher according to the requirements from GADOE.
- Advanced Content (K-12)
Identified gifted students are grouped on the basis of achievement and taught by a gifted endorsed teacher. Students will engage in enriched learning experiences with performance task that extend grade-level standards at an accelerated pace. Schools may include students who are not gifted but who meet achievement criteria as space is available. AP and IB classes taught by a gifted teacher qualify under this model.
- Mentor/Internship (9-12)
A gifted identified student works with a mentor to explore a profession of interest according to GADOE regulations.
- Post-Secondary Option
Gifted identified students may receive services through joint enrollment in college, university, or technical school courses.
- Resource (K-5)
Dr. Karen Smits
of Academic Programs
(IB, ESOL, EIP, Gifted, REP, Media Specialists, School Counselors, School Social Workers)
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7228