Eligibility Overview - Start with this Video

Identifying Gifted Students

  • The Gifted and Talented Program in Atlanta Public Schools provides differentiated instruction for intellectually advanced and creatively gifted students.  Gifted services are available for all eligible students in grades 1 through12.  

    According to Georgia Board Rule 160-4-2-.38, the state of Georgia defines a gifted and talented student 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 commensurate with his or her ability(ies). 
    Please watch the video at the top of this page for a thorough overview of how students are referred, assessed, and how determination is made for APS Gifted Program eligibility.  Additionally, the links below will provide you with further resources for understanding.

    1. Atlanta Public Schools' Implementation of the Georgia Board Rule (en espanol) is the guideline chart that drives the criteria students must meet in order to be determined eligible for gifted services in Georgia and in Atlanta Public Schools.


    2. This calendar flow chart displays the Gifted Eligibility tasks that happen throughout a school year in Atlanta Public Schools.  Testing Calendars:  Grades 1-10    Grade K Only
    3. The Screening and Referral Frequently Asked Questions (en espanol) answers questions regarding the gifted and talented identification process in Atlanta Public Schools (also covered in the video above). 

    4. The Explanation of Assessments Used for Gifted Eligibility (en espanol) will provide information relating to each assessment used and when it is used in the gifted eligibility process in Atlanta Public Schools.


    5. This Overview of the APS Gifted Eligibility Report (en espanol coming soon) and its more detailed video overview both support understanding of contents and interpretation of data in the APS Gifted Eligibility Report; click in the lower-right to make the video full screen. 

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