Description of Program Henry County provides services for identified gifted students at all grade levels. The gifted program is designed to meet the very specific academic needs of these students by emphasizing the following competencies:
- Creative, productive, and critical thinking
- Extensive and advanced research skills
- Skills for independent learning
The requirements for identifying and placing students in the gifted program are governed by State Gifted Rule.
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Please contact your local school for specific information about available gifted program services.
- The elementary program, Special Activities in Gifted (SAGE) consists of a pull-out resource program for gifted-identified students. SAGE typically meets one day per week. The SAGE curriculum is an interdisciplinary exploration built on significant thematic issues and the investigation of complex questions. Activities require critical thinking, and the development of advanced research and communication skills. Gifted students have a full instructional day in SAGE including class work and homework. They are excused from making up class work and/or homework assigned in the regular classroom on that day.
- 10 schools will be piloting the new TAG (Talented and Gifted) model of service delivery. Through this model students will receive accelerated content in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as differentiated instruction in Science and Social Studies. These students will also be exposed to critical thinking and processing activities while engaging in individualized research and exploration.
- The secondary program for grades 6-12 offers content area classes which are both qualitatively and quantitatively different from those in the regular curriculum. These classes require extension of exploration and applied critical thinking skills. In some cases summer reading is also a required part of the program.
Gifted students in middle school are served through resource or advanced content classes in English/Language arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Advanced content courses present more complex subject matter at an accelerated pace. Students in middle school advanced content classes are expected to go beyond baseline standards and develop the critical thinking, reasoning, and writing skills in core content areas that will ensure academic success during their high school and college academic careers.
High school gifted services are provided through honors and advanced placement courses. Honors courses present more complex subject matter at an accelerated pace. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are the equivalent of a typical college-level introductory course for which students have the opportunity to earn college credit through the AP testing program.
Competitive events for gifted education students are selected at the local school level. Henry County students may participate in Future Problem Solving, Odyssey of the Mind, Destination Imagination, National Academic League, Scholar's Bowl, Mock Trial and The Governor's Honors Program.