The Exceptional Children Department provides support and services for all eligibility areas including accelerated learners, advanced learners, Autism, Deaf-Blind, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Emotional Behavior Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Significant Developmental Delay, Speech Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.
Gifted and Talented
The Talented and Gifted (TAG) program provides enriching learning experiences for the intellectually advanced and exceptionally creative student. Gifted services are available for students in kindergarten through grade 8. The program meets all requirements of the Georgia Department of Education and provides diverse, high-quality opportunities for the student.
Parent Resources for TAg
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Instruction and Intervention, in Georgia, is a four-tiered instructional process, or framework, which guides teachers in matching instruction and intervention to each student's learning needs. This may include intervention for skill weaknesses, or strength-based instruction through enrichment and acceleration.
the Four Tiers of Instruction in a Response to Instruction and Intervention framework
Tier 1 – All students receive standards-based instruction matched to their readiness level in the general education classroom. Behavioral expectations are also specifically taught and reinforced in this tier.
Schools will assess all students to determine what students are at-risk for not meeting grade level standards, as well as which students will likely benefit from enrichment and/or acceleration
Tier 2 –Some students will be identified with skill gaps in reading, math, or behavior. In Tier 2, identified students will receive targeted intervention in their specific area of weakness
Students who are above grade level receive strength-based instruction in Tier 2. This could be through an advanced or Honors class.
Tier 3 – Students who are identified as having significant skill weaknesses and students who do not respond to targeted intervention in Tier 2, will participate in intensive intervention in Tier 3.
Students who are well above grade level receive strength-based instruction in Tier 3. This could be through accelerated or Advanced Placement classes.
Tier 4 – Some students will not respond to the intensity of intervention provided at Tier 2 and Tier 3. It is at this point that the school may recommend a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation to determine if the child may have a disability and may require specialized instruction through Special Education.
It is also at this tier of instruction where students are considered for eligibility in the Gifted Program, or TAG, as well as for ESOL.