All public school systems in Georgia must offer gifted services in order to receive the state’s per-student funding for gifted students, in accordance with the state board of education policy that governs gifted education. Local school systems can determine how they deliver gifted services, provided they choose from the delivery models in the state guidelines. Visit the local system pages on this site to learn more about the specific programs offered.
State law prohibits one type of gifted service: early entrance to school. By law, a child must be 5 years old or older to begin kindergarten in a Georgia public school, and must be 6 or older to begin first grade. This means that if a child is bright enough to merit a grade skip (grade acceleration is the term educators use), they must nevertheless complete kindergarten and begin first grade with their age peers. They may be able to advance into second grade after their first-grade school year has begun, or may complete the entire year of first grade and skip second grade.