Henry County Schools 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 160-4-2-.38: EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS.
Please contact your local school for specific information about available gifted education services.
- School Specific. Through this model, schools select services that best meet the goals of their building and the needs of their students. Schools may select any combination of four state-approved models, or they may propose an innovative model. More information is available in Georgia's Gifted Resource Manual.
- TAG (Talented and Gifted). 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 extensions, independent explorations, and applied critical thinking skills. In some cases, summer reading is also a required part of the program.
- Middle Gifted students in middle school are served through cluster-grouped 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. Cluster grouping provides academically appropriate learning opportunities for 5-8 identified gifted students grouped together in an otherwise mixed-ability classroom.
- High High school gifted services are provided through honors and advanced placement courses as well as cluster grouping. 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. Cluster grouping provides academically appropriate learning opportunities for 5-8 identified gifted students grouped together in an otherwise mixed-ability classroom.
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, Math Team, National Academic League, Reading Bowl, Scholar's Bowl, Mock Trial, and The Governor's Honors Program.