Fulton County Schools
Fulton County Schools operates a Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
In elementary school, TAG classes are held one day per week, with children studying science and social studies topics that enhance the general curriculum. Assignments given in the regular classroom on TAG days may be modified as needed for TAG students.
At the middle-school level, gifted services are delivered via advanced sections of core curriculum classes in math, science, language arts and social studies. Students may also take an independent research class to study a topic related to the core curriculum.
Gifted students in high school are offered a variety of opportunities, including seminars, individual projects, directed studies and internships. Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are also available for all high school students.
Identification of gifted students
Each year, TAG teachers at each local school review students’ standardized test scores and – in the case of high-school students – grades from the previous school year. In addition, classroom teachers use a screening tool to identify students with superior abilities in five or more of the following areas: motivation, interests, communications skills, problem-solving abilities, memory, inquiry, insight, reasoning, creativity and humor. Students who meet the required criteria in either of these screenings and who have supporting data from their classroom performance or test history are assessed for eligibility for gifted services. More details on this process, as well as a complete manual outlining all procedures in the gifted program, are available through the Advanced Studies and Talent Development web page.
Whole-grade acceleration and single subject acceleration are governed by the system’s continuous achievement policy.
International Baccalaureate schools
Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs is a magnet high school with a focus on international studies. Riverwood also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, a well known, rigorous curriculum that culminates in earning an IB diploma. Many colleges will grant sophomore status to incoming students who hold the IB diploma. Students living anywhere in Fulton County can apply to Riverwood. When space is available, the school also will take applications from high-school-age students living outside of Fulton County. Nonresidents must pay a fee to attend. However, due to anticipated enrollment growth, this option won’t be offered to nonresidents in the 2011-12 school year.
The IB Middle Years Programme is offered at Ridgeview Charter School.
North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs is the only school in Georgia that is a magnet in math and science as well as visual and performing arts. Students living anywhere in Fulton County may apply for admission. When space is available, the school also will take applications from high-school-age students who live outside Fulton County. Nonresidents must pay a fee to attend.
Westlake High School in southwest Atlanta is a math and science magnet school. Students choose one of three tracks: medical sciences, engineering, or computer science / digital media. Magnet students take challenging courses, and upperclassmen can participate in summer internships in cooperation with Georgia Tech. Westlake is open to Fulton County residents only.
Tri-Cities High School in East Point is a magnet school in visual and performing arts, offering study in music, visual arts, dance, drama and TV production. Tri-Cities is open to Fulton County residents only.
At the county office
Sherry Wiedman, coordinator of gifted services, can be reached at (404) 763-6811. The Advanced Studies and Talent Development Department is part of the Department of Learning and Teaching, within the Division of Academics. Amy Barger, formerly the gifted coordinator, is the assistant superintendent of Learning and Teaching. She can be reached at (404) 669-4943. Dr. Scott Muri is the deputy superintendent of academics and can be reached at (404) 763-4578.
Robert Avossa became superintendent of Fulton County Schools in June 2011.
Fulton County Schools is governed by a seven-member school board. Regular meetings are held at the Administrative Center, located at 786 Cleveland Avenue in southwest Atlanta, or at Dunwoody Springs Charter School, located at 8100 Roberts Drive in Sandy Springs.
If you’re unable to attend board meetings in person, you can watch them live or later on an online video feed. Meetings are also televised on FCSTV, a local access channel provided by Comcast cable.
Fulton County Supporters of the Gifted is a local chapter of the Georgia Association for Gifted Children (GAGC).
Links and content on this page were last verified 8/9/2013.