Assessments used to evaluate students for gifted services in the Valdosta City School System adhere to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education. There are four steps in the process of identification and placement of students into the gifted program: nomination, referral, assessment, and determination of eligibility.
The four steps in the referral process are:
Determination of Eligibility
Eligibility may be established in one of two ways:
Option A: A student must meet eligibility requirements in both Mental Abilities and Achievement.
Option B: A student must meet eligibility requirements in three of the four following areas:
K-5 Gifted Services: CATalyst Program
Elementary gifted students in our CATalyst Program are provided a unique learning experience through differentiated thematic curriculum units. Curriculum objectives focus on developing critical and creative thinking, higher order reasoning, and advanced research and reference skills.
Gifted services are provided to eligible students Kindergarten through Grade 5 and students are served a minimum of 5 segments per week. Delivery models for Kindergarten through Grade 5 are resource and cluster grouping.
Our school has a gifted lead teacher certified to meet the academic needs of our gifted students and is available to answer questions regarding gifted programming options specific for their school. A copy of the VCS gifted curriculum is available. Please contact Dr. Whittaker for more information.