The goal of educational services for gifted students in the Berrien County Schools is to provide for the extension of learning opportunities and the development of individual potential through differentiated curricula beyond the opportunities and experiences in the general education classroom.
In Georgia, a gifted education student is 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 commensurate with his or her abilities. (SBOE Rule 160-4-2.38 p.1)
Delivery models for serving gifted students include the collaborative models, honors classes, Advanced Placement classes, and Georgia Department of Education approved delivery models which appropriately serve the identified needs of gifted students in primary, elementary, middle, and high schools.
Berrien County uses the referral process for testing. To be eligible for gifted education services, a student must qualify through a multiple-criteria assessment process by meeting the criteria in any three of the following four areas: mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation.
1. Mental ability: A student must score at or above the 96th percentile on a norm-referenced mental ability test in grades 3-12 or the 99th percentile in grades K-2.
2. Achievement: A student must score at or above the 90th percentile on the total battery, total math, or total reading on a norm-referenced achievement test.
3. Creativity: A student must score at or above the 90th percentile the the total battery score of a norm-referenced creativity test.
4. Motivation: A student must score at or above the 90th percentile on a standardized motivational characteristics rating scale. For grades 6-12, a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale may be used.
For more information, contact the Gifted Coordinator at the Berrien County Board of Education office:
810 S. Dogwood Drive
Nashville, GA 31639