Home Page Towns County School District
  Instagram   Facebook
Towns County Schools Curriculum 
Gifted Program
  Stephanie Moss
Stephanie Moss
Gifted Program Coordinator


Students, grades kindergarten through twelve, in the Towns County School System who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic, and/or creative ability are provided with special instructional services by the Program for Gifted Students. Eligibility criteria for placement in this program are determined by the State Board of Education. For further information about Towns County School System’s Program for Gifted Services, please contact Stephanie Moss, Gifted Program Coordinator, at 706-896-2279 ext. 15.

Referral Process

A student may be referred for consideration for gifted educational services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities.

Students who score at or above the 90th percentile on the total reading, total math, or total battery of a norm-referenced achievement test shall be considered automatically.

Students who may need gifted education services are referred to a Search/Eligibility Team. At each school, this team is comprised of teachers, counselors, and/or administrators. The Search/Eligibility Team reviews student information and available test data. It is then determined if further evaluations are needed.

iconGifted Referral FormEvaluations

If the Search/Eligibility Team recommends further evaluation, parents are notified in writing for permission to do additional testing. Georgia requires evaluations in the following four areas:

> Mental Ability
> Achievement
> Creativity
> Motivation

To be eligible for gifted education services, a student must:

Option 1:
Score at the 99th percentile (grades K-2) or
96th percentile (grades 3-12) on standardized mental abilities test
Score at the 90th percentile or above on total reading, total math, or total battery of a standardized norm-referenced achievement test


Option 2:
Qualify by meeting criteria in any three out of the four categories:

 Mental Ability Test – Score 96th percentile or above
 Achievement Test – Score 90th percentile or above on total reading, total math, or total battery
 Creativity Test – Score 90th percentile or above on a standardized assessment for creative thinking
 Motivation – Score 90th percentile or above on a standardized motivational scale

Once all evaluations are completed, the Search/Eligibility Team reviews the new test data and determines if the student meet the Georgia eligibility rule. Parents are then notified in writing as to the results. If the student is determined to be eligible for gifted education services, parents must consent to placement in the program.


a. Advanced Content/Honors (K-5)
 (1) English/language arts and Mathematics
b. Resource (K-5)
 (1) Fine arts interdisciplinary enrichment
c. Cluster and Collaborative (K-5)
 (1) Social studies and science

a. Advanced Content/Honors
 (1) Mathematics (6th)
 (2) English/language arts (7th)
 (3) 9th Lit and Comp and Coordinate Algebra (8th)
b. Cluster Grouping
 (1) Science (7th & 8th)
c. Resource (6-8)
 (1) English/language arts and science interdisciplinary enrichment

a. Advanced Content/Honors (9-12)
 (1) 9th, 10th, America and British Lit & Comp
 (2) Coordinate Alg., Analytic Geo., Advanced Alg., Math IV
 (3) Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
 (4) Civics, World History, US History
Important Web Links

Towns County Gifted Manual
Georgia Association for Gifted Children
National Association for Gifted Children