Horizon

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. Student may be served up to six subjects per day. 

Horizon Program Goals:

  • Develop lifelong independent learners
  • Focus on higher-order thinking skills and advanced problem solving
  • Provide opportunities for independent studies and self-directed projects
  • Compacting and enriching the regular curriculum through the use of interdisciplinary units of study
  • Prepare students in K-12 in standardized test-taking skills
  • Prepare students for college admissions requirements, including written applications, oral interviews, and academic competition
  • Increase communication skills, orally and written, in an exemplary manner
  • Provide opportunities for creative expression
  • Solicit input from all stakeholders for the purpose of program involvement
  • Develop research skills
  • Develop productive citizens with opportunities to contribute to their community
  • 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. 

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