Students participating in the Challenge Program at the elementary level attend between one to two classes each day in
the content areas of math and science taught by gifted-endorsed teachers. Gifted teachers modify content by pre-testing
concepts and then compacting the regular curriculum, enabling students to move at a faster pace, to explore concepts that
are more complex and abstract, to develop advanced research skills and methods, and to gain collaborative and responsible
In addition to the content classes in their home schools, fifth grade students are served at a center one day a week.
This non-graded learning environment allows students to explore concepts more deeply over a longer period of
time—utilizing hands-on activities and providing opportunities for critical thinking and real-world problem solving.
At the middle school, gifted students, who meet the prescribed criteria and qualify, may take literacy, math, science,
and or social studies classes taught in a homogeneous group setting by a gifted-certified teacher.
Dalton Public Schools offers a diverse selection of advanced level classes and opportunities to its high school students
including Advanced Placement, The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Post-Secondary Option and the
If you have questions about Dalton Public Schools gifted services contact
Dr. Lisa Hackney.
Determining Eligibility for Gifted Services
After a referral and data have been collected in all four eligibility categories—mental ability, achievement,
creativity and motivation— an Eligibility Team will carefully review all data to make an eligibility decision. A
school’s Eligibility Team is comprised of teachers, administrators, and counselors.
In keeping with SBOE Rule 160-4-2-.38, a student must meet eligibility criteria in one of two ways: 1) qualify through a
multiple-criteria assessment process by meeting criteria in any three of the four eligibility categories, or 2) score at
the 99th percentile (for grades K-2) or the 96th percentile (for grades 3-12) on the composite or full scale score of a
standardized test of mental ability* and meet one of the achievement criteria. (* An approved mental abilities test or an
achievement test from an outside source may be accepted as part of a student’s eligibility data.)
Methods of Referral to the Eligibility Team
Referral from teacher or other school employee, parent, peers, or self (A referral form may be obtained from any
Automatic referral based on student's Georgia milestones scores.
Students who have been determined eligible for gifted education services in any public school system in Georgia will
automatically be eligible for services in Dalton Public Schools once documentation of service in the former school district
has been received. Students transferring from out of state will need to be considered on an individual basis by the
school’s Eligibility Team.