Kanya Cornish 
Coordinator of Student Support Services
706 743-8128

Judy Spurgeon 
Assistant Superintendent 
706 743-8128
Gifted Education Program

“The success of education depends on adapting teaching to individual
differences among learners” (Snow, 1982).

Students, grades kindergarten through twelfth in the Oglethorpe County School District, who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibit an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excel in specific academic fields, and who need special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with their abilities are provided with special instructional services through the Program for Gifted Students  (Definition of Gifted Student found in State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38, p.1).

Program Foundation

Statutory Basis for Gifted Education

There are three documents that provide the authority and specific requirements for gifted education in the state of Georgia. The documents are found in state law, State Board of Education (SBOE) rule, and within the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) regulations for gifted education program delivery models.

  State Law:             


This section of Georgia law states that children who have special education needs shall be eligible for special education services.  Special education, according to Georgia law, includes children who are classified as intellectually gifted. 

 State Board of Education (SBOE) Rule:

            160-4-2-.38 EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS (Code IDDD(2))

The definition of giftedness is provided in this SBOE rule. The rule also lays out the four categories for assessment (mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation) and the performance standards that must be achieved for a student to become eligible for gifted education services.

  SBOE Approved Regulations for Gifted Education Program Delivery Models:

            This document references Rule 160-4-2-.38, Section (g), Curriculum and Services to Be Provided, Paragraphs 1 and 2 and details specific regulations for providing gifted education services in the state of Georgia.

Regulations Related to Program Delivery Models




Non-Discrimination Notice
As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Oglethorpe County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations.  For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at Oglethorpe County Board of Education, 735 Athens Road, Lexington, GA 30648, 706-743-8128.