Gifted & Talented

The Gifted and Talented Program at Morris Brandon

The Georgia State Board of Education defines a gifted student as “…a student 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 abilities.”

Atlanta Public Schools provide services for identified gifted students at all levels.  The gifted program is designed to meet the very specific needs of these students and extend competencies in the areas of cognitive skills, learning skills, research and reference skills, communication skills, and metacognitive skills beyond the experience of the regular classroom.

The Georgia State Department of Education governs the procedures for identifying and placing students in the gifted program.

Please visit the Atlanta Public Schools-Gifted page to learn more about referrals and testing. The page includes informational FAQs and a testing informational video.

The Parent Referral window for gifted testing ends on Friday, September 29, 2017.

The Gifted and Talented Program at Morris Brandon offers qualifying students an opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Advanced Communication Skills Standard: Learners will engage in diverse and authentic learning experiences which will allow them to develop and apply innovative oral, written, visual, and nonverbal communication skills across disciplines.
  • Advanced Research Skills Standard: Learners will gather, decipher, and determine credibility of information from a variety of sources and integrate information thorough analysis of content.
  • Creative Thinking & Problem Solving Standard: Learners will insightfully evaluate a variety of problems and arrive at innovative conclusions.
  • Higher Order and Critical Thinking Skills Standard: Learners will analytically critique a system or set of complex ideas, utilizing logic and reasoning skills in novel ways, to create and/or modify knowledge.

The APS Multiple Criteria Identification Process assesses students in four areas and requires that students meet minimum score levels in any three of the four areas in order to gain admittance to the gifted program. The minimum score requirements in the four assessment areas are:

  1. Mental Ability– a score greater than or equal to the 96th percentile on a standardized test of mental ability. An APS mental ability assessment must be given. Students must complete the entire APS identification process before any eligibility decisions are finalized.
  2. Achievement – a score greater than or equal to the 90th percentile in reading or math on a standardized achievement test or a score of at least 90 on a student generated product or performance as judged by a panel of qualified evaluators.
  3. Creativity – a score greater than or equal to the 90th percentile on a standardized creativity instrument or a superior rating on a student generated product or performance as judged by a panel of qualified evaluators.
  4. Motivation– 90th or greater percentile on a Motivation Rating Scale (K-8), or superior product/performance with a score of 90 or greater of 1-100, as evaluated by a panel of 3 or more qualified evaluators, or winners of academic competitions as determined by the Office of Gifted and Talented.

Questions regarding the Gifted & Talented Program should be addressed to the appropriate Grade Level Coordinators:

Grade Level Coordinators

Kindergarten Teri Hopkins
First Sonya Walston
Second Carla Kendall
Third Dorothy Chu
Fourth Olivia Strickland
Fifth Tusha Porter

Existing Families of Students in the Gifted and Talented Program

Click here if you are interested in donating money to support the Gifted and Talented program. Donations to the program are completely voluntary. Please note the Gifted option is at the end of the list, after Field Trips.

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