The Vision of the Advanced Learning Programs Department is to promote rigorous curricular content in conjunction with critical inquiry, creativity, communication of complex thoughts, and an authentic approach to learning. We support the balance of curricular depth and breadth while fostering the development of academic habits and skills.
The goals of Cobb’s Advanced Learning Programs Department are:
Advanced Learning - Talent Development & Identification
Gifted Learner Services
The Cobb County School District provides services for identified gifted students at all grade levels that are designed to meet the specific academic needs of gifted students. Cobb adheres to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education for identification and service of gifted learners.
The Gifted Learner Program provides services for identified gifted students at all grade levels. Gifted services are designed to meet the specific academic needs of gifted students by emphasizing the following competencies:
The requirements for identifying and placing students in the gifted program are governed by Georgia State Department of Education Rule 160-4-2-.3.
Please contact your local school for specific information about available gifted program services.
Gifted Evaluation Process
All gifted assessments in the Cobb County School District adhere to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education. There are three steps in the process of identification and placement of students into the gifted program: referral, assessment, and determination of eligibility.
Determination of Eligibility
NOTE: A rating scale can only be used to establish eligibility in one area.
All schools may not offer all options listed below – contact your local school for more information on course offerings and placement requirements.
Elementary: When the student’s performance does not meet the Cobb County criteria for continued participation, a student may be placed on probation. The student’s probationary status remains in effect for a minimum of 18 weeks for elementary; continuation past 18 weeks requires LEC consultation. Probation may carry over from one grade to the next with the exception of school level changes (elementary resource class to middle school AC course).
Secondary: For middle school, a student’s probationary status remains in effect for a minimum of 18 weeks. For high school, probation remains in effect until the end of the course.
Note for elementary resource model: The LEC may place a student on probation for the following year if the student did not meet standards on a state competency test and the lack of performance can be linked to missed regular education instructional hours while in the gifted resource room. A record of intervention should be completed for any child receiving gifted services who does not meet standards on any portion of the state competency test.
Discontinuation of Gifted Services
Due to performance:
All levels: A student’s progress and performance during probation will determine if gifted service is discontinued. There must be documented evidence of an implemented intervention plan.
Elementary School: Gifted service must be discontinued for a minimum of 18 weeks before any reconsideration of service can occur.
Middle School: Discontinuation of service occurs only when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any advanced content class.
High School: Discontinuation of service occurs only when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any advanced content class. Gifted students not receiving gifted service through AP, Honors, gifted resource class, IB, or dual enrollment for more than two consecutive semesters must be discontinued from service.
Parent Request/Voluntary Discontinuation
A parent may request a student be removed from gifted service at any time by providing written notification. Gifted service in elementary resource must be discontinued for a minimum of 18 weeks before any reconsideration of service can occur, barring extenuating circumstances.
Once identified eligible for gifted service in the state of Georgia, students are not required to re-establish gifted eligibility regardless of the length of break in service. All re-entry decisions are made on an individual basis by the Central Eligibility Committee.
Breaks in service occur when:
Elementary students served in a resource classroom whose break in service was due to academic performance or parent request may be reconsidered after 18 weeks. Middle and High School students may request re-entry when performance indicates the need for advanced coursework. Students whose break in service was due to an enrollment change may be re-entered immediately. Academic performance during the break in service will be considered in the re-entry decision.
Talent Development (ES)
Gifted teachers may offer talent development services at some schools in order to address the needs of high ability learners and provide opportunities for all students to learn to think critically and creatively. Contact your local school for further information.
Advanced Learning - Academic Rigor
Advanced Content and Honors (ES/MS/HS)
Elementary students may participate in advanced content classes in English/Language Arts and Math; secondary grade students may enroll in advanced content/honors classes in ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language. These courses include more complex subject matter at an accelerated pace. The ALP department works with subject area supervisors to review and revise honors level curriculum. For questions regarding content curriculum, contact the content supervisor. Inquiries regarding qualification and placement for AC/honors courses should be directed to the local school.
The Cobb County School District recognizes that students who demonstrate exceptional potential in a specific area may benefit from a specialized program. Cobb’s magnet programs allow high school students to pursue their interests, develop their talents, and extend their competencies beyond the usual scope of high school.
Whole Grade Acceleration (ES/MS)
Parents/Guardians of students who exceed current grade level expectations and standards may request to have their child considered for whole grade acceleration (grade skipping). Local schools adhere to Cobb’s Board-approved acceleration policy to identify students whose needs cannot be met at their current academic grade level. Contact your local school for further information.
Advanced Learning - Post-Secondary Education
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP®) courses provide high school students a college-level academic experience. The College Board partners with colleges and universities to develop an appropriately challenging curriculum, to create college-level assessments, and to train teachers to deliver instruction that meets college-level standards.
The College Board offers AP courses in English, math, social studies, science, foreign language, technology and fine arts. The scope and variety of courses meet every student’s interests and academic needs.
Cobb county students participate in a variety of Advanced Placement Courses. The following is a sample of AP courses offered in Cobb county schools. Course offerings may vary from school to school.
Click here for a list of study and preparation resources (Georgia Virtual, Khan Academy, EdX, etc.)
AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Many of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit or advanced standing to students scoring 3 or higher on exams. Student should contact specific institutions for details. All Cobb AP students are expected to take the AP exam.
Advanced Placement Links for Parents & Students:
College Board Links
State of Georgia Links
Governor’s Honors Program (GHP)
The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. The state level Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) Interview Event is by invitation only for state semi-finalists. The selection process begins with local school competitions in early fall.
Cobb’s county level interview process is similar to the state GHP interview system and provides only one date and one format for county level interviews. The date for county level interviews is set several months before county level interviews. The interview process may vary based on the area of major study.
Please contact your local high school for more information regarding the GHP interview process.
Georgia’s dual enrollment program allows high school students to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. This new program makes it easier to take advantage of the available options to enroll in college courses while still in high school. Students must meet the MOWR/dual enrollment admissions requirements set by the participating postsecondary institution they wish to attend. More information is available from the links below and your school guidance counselor.
Gifted Eligibility Process
HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER LEARNING
Various summer opportunities are listed below. Interested students should research these opportunities and contact the organizations directly.
Atlanta Bar Association
Bank Of America Student Leaders
CDC Museum, Disease Detective Camp
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta VolunTEEN and Explorer Programs
The Neuroscience School: Short Courses for High School Students
Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
Summer Scholars Research Program (Emory: Winship Cancer Institute)
TAG-Ed Summer Internship Program
UGA Young Scholars Program
WellStar Kennestone VolunTEEN Program
Georgia Tech Summer Engineering Institute (SEI)
Compiled by the Advanced Learning Programs Department January, 2018
Disclaimer: Listings of resources do not indicate either knowledge of or an endorsement of any organization, company, or individual. Many of these sites were obtained from the GAGC site.
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