In Georgia, a gifted education student is defined as one 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 special ancillary services to achieve at levels
corresponding with his or her ability(ies).
Catoosa County Schools serves gifted students through the
Horizon Program, which includes grades K-12.
The resource and/or cluster group. and or
advanced content model is used in elementary school. The
advanced content model is used in grades K-12. Students in grades
may be served up to six subjects per day. High school gifted
students are served through honors and advanced placement classes.
Post secondary options, with the opportunity to earn college
credits, are available for gifted twelfth graders.
Horizon Program Goals:
- Develop lifelong independent learners
- Focus on higher-order thinking skills and advanced problem
- Provide opportunities for independent studies and self-directed
- Compacting and enriching the regular curriculum through the use
of interdisciplinary units of study
- Prepare students in K-12 in standardized test-taking
- Prepare students for college admissions requirements, including
written applications, oral interviews, and academic
- Increase communication skills, orally and written, in an
- Provide opportunities for creative expression
- Solicit input from all stakeholders for the purpose of program
- Develop research skills
- Develop productive citizens with opportunities to contribute to
- Prepare students to be technologically competent
Students in the Horizon Program have many opportunities to
advance beyond the basic curriculum. A greater breadth and depth of
learning is encouraged (fostered) that may include 1) additional
educational field trips 2) in-depth conceptual units 3) competition
through media festivals, art shows, social science fairs, writing
competitions, Governor's Honors Programs, and a variety of other
opportunities. Eligible and interested seventh grade students
participate in Duke University's Talent Identification Program.
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