• Overview
    The Gifted and Talented Education Program in the Atlanta Public School System provides differentiated instruction for the intellectually advanced and creatively gifted student. The Morris Brandon Challenge Program (Gifted & Talented Program) is designed to meet the needs of gifted learners through an advanced curriculum. Our Challenge students meet one full day a week with their challenge teacher on projects and activities that promote critical thinking through shared inquiry. Gifted services are available for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. For more information about how the gifted program is implemented in elementary school see these FAQs.

    We have 6 excellent Challenge Teachers:  Ms. Connelly, Ms. DiCarlo, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. Kendall, Mrs. McDonald & Dr. Porter. Dr. Porter is our Challenge Team Leader.

    Prospective Students – Eligibility and Screening
    The Gifted Program is defined by the Georgia Department of Education and funded by the State of Georgia in Georgia Board Rule 160-4-2-.38.  For more information visit the Georgia Department of Education website.

    • Challenge participation is based on the Georgia Eligibility Criteria for Gifted Programs.  For more information please see the Identification and Assessment FAQs.
    • Screening – The Atlanta Public School system screens students for eligibility twice a year.  For more information about this process please see Gifted and Talented Education Program FAQ’s Screening and Referral Testing occurs in the areas of mental ability, achievement, creativity and motivation.
    • Referral for testing – Students not identified for testing through the automatic or classroom screening can be referred for testing by their parent or guardian.  This Gifted Referral Form should be completed and returned to school for parent referral.  Referral must occur during the referral window.
    • A summary of information regarding assessment can be found in this APS Video for parents of students who will be assessed during the spring ’13 testing window.

    If you have specific questions, please contact the Challenge teacher in charge of your grade .

    K - Linda Connelly lconnelly@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    1 - Nicole DiCarlo nmdicarlo@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    2 - Dr. Tusha Porter tporter@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    3 - Teri Hopkins tthopkins@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    4 - Carla Kendall cckendall@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    5 - Karen McDonald mcdonaldct@atlanta.k12.ga.us



    Current Students
    Curriculum Goals

    • Advanced Research Skills and Methods
    • Creative Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
    • Higher Order & Critical Thinking Skills in Academic Areas
    • Advanced Communication Skills

    Details regarding curriculum and evaluation:

    Social Science Fair 
       -All students K-12 can participate in the Local Fair November 21st. 
       -Only grades 5-12 can particpate in the District Fair.
       -District Fair will be held Tuesday, January 13th @ ISC.

    APS also provides travel opportunities for Gifted and Talented students.  Here is a list of our upcoming travel plans:

    • Washington D.C.:   Spring Break 2015

    Gifted and Talented in Elementary School – FAQs

    Class Schedule:

    • Mondays: All 3rd Grades and Kenimer, Philips and Allman's 1st Grade
    • Tuesday: All 5th Grades and Cleary, Lucky and Ledford's 1st Grade
    • Wednesday: All 2nd Grades and Blease and Hudson's 1st Grade
    • Thursday: All 4th Grades
    • Fridays:  Byrd & Ashton's 3rd Grade

    We have a room parent for each classroom that will be aiding us in communication with our parents.

    More information regarding the program including parent and student resources can be found on the APS website.

    For general questions regarding the Challenge Program please contact:

    Dr. Tusha Porter(Challenge Team Leader) tporter@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
    Kelly Trotter (PTA Challenge Coordinator) kelly.trotter@comcast.net