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Welcome to MILE Gifted Education

Gifted student – a student who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities.
GA Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38  

The mission of the Marietta City Schools’ Gifted Education program is to identify, challenge, support, and inspire gifted and talented students through differentiated learning opportunities designed to meet their unique academic, social, and emotional needs.

The purpose of gifted programming is to provide gifted education services to students who have the potential for exceptional academic achievement in grades K-12.

Marietta City Schools makes available for review by the public and the Georgia Department of Education, a copy of its administrative procedures for the operation of its gifted education program and gifted curriculum. For more information, contact Jill Sims, Executive Director, Student Learning and Teaching.

Program Goals

Marietta City Schools’ students will be referred, assessed, and identified for gifted services. Through participation in the gifted program, students will have opportunities to meet their unique needs.
  1. Gifted students will develop advanced research skills and methods. Skills include organizing, asking higher order questions, planning, analyzing, data reporting and citing references properly.
  2. Gifted students will develop and practice creative thinking and problem-solving skills with a variety of complex topics within the area of study. Skills include flexibility, fluency, originality and elaboration in thought, divergent and convergent thinking, brainstorming, and risk taking.
  3. Gifted students will develop and practice critical thinking and logical problem solving skills in the pertinent academic area. Skills include predicting, inferring, questioning, defending decisions, evaluating and adjusting decisions, and developing intellectual empathy.
  4. Gifted students will develop advanced communication skills. Skills include presentation skills, debate, speeches, and the integration of multi-media and technology.
  5. Gifted students will develop an understanding of self and how their unique characteristics may influence interactions with others. Skills include group discussion skills, group dynamics, questioning skills, identifying varying perspectives, and selecting means of communication.
  6. Gifted students will further develop advanced technology skills as a resource in communication tools across the curriculum. Skills include researching, evaluating validity and reliability of internet resources, analyzing and collecting data, and using different tools to master technology.

Program Name

The name of Marietta City Schools Gifted Program is MILE (Marietta Independent Learning Experiences). The name communicates the program mission, purpose, and goals in that gifted students will learn about, utilize, and apply the skills of independent learning to become life-long learners.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

Marietta City Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, gender, or any other reason not related to their individual capabilities in the educational programs and activities which it operates.

For further information about Gifted Services, click on any of the links listed on the left navigation.



Jill Sims
Executive Director
Student Learning and Teaching
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7228

Elizabeth Ogletree
Director of Elementary
Curriculum & Instruction
Student Learning and Teaching
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7294