Clayton County Schools

Clayton County Public Schools provides gifted services through a variety of models.

At the elementary-school level, the most common model is a pull-out class called SCORE which meets one day each week. Most schools have a dedicated gifted resource teacher; however, there are six schools (as of the 2013-14 school year) that share a SCORE teacher with another school.

In middle schools, gifted students are taught in advanced sections of core curriculum classes. In some schools, a gifted team may be able to offer advanced classes in several curriculum areas; in others, advanced classes may be limited to one area of the curriculum.

Gifted high-school students can take advanced classes and / or Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

The CCPS  web site presents an extensive list of service models that may be used for gifted students.

Identification of gifted students

Schools conduct an annual talent search for students to be evaluated for gifted services. Referrals for evaluation may come from classroom teachers’ observations, a classroom talent survey, or automatic referral based on standardized test scores. Identified students then go through an assessment process. The CCPS web site explains the evaluation procedure.

Acceleration policy

Subject acceleration, in which a student goes to a higher-grade classroom to study one or more subjects, and whole-grade acceleration (grade skip) are sometimes utilized, but the county does not have a formal written policy for acceleration. Decisions are made by the local school administration, with the approval of the area superintendent.

International Baccalaureate school

Lovejoy High School in Hampton offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. IB is a well known, rigorous curriculum that culminates in the awarding of an IB diploma. Many colleges will grant sophomore status to incoming students who hold an IB diploma.

Year-round charter school

Elite Scholars Academy in Morrow is a charter school serving grades 6-12. There is no general level instruction here; all classes are taught at the advanced, gifted or AP level. The school operates on a year-round calendar. Interested students must register for a lottery, which opens in February.

Magnet school for science and math

Rex Mill Middle School in Rex offers an advanced curriculum in science and math. Rising 6th graders interested in attending must register for the lottery used to select students.

Magnet school for fine arts

Stillwell School of the Arts, located near the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro, offers study in music, dance, theater and visual arts, with plenty of performance opportunities. Prospective students must apply and complete an audition.

At the county office

Kristie Heath is the gifted coordinator for CCPS. You can call her at (770) 473-7200. The office of Gifted Education is part of the Department of Instruction, which is under the supervision of Chief Academic Officer Dr. Folasade Oladele.

Luvenia Jackson is the superintendent of CCPS. She began as interim superintendent in October 2012 and was appointed permanently to the position in June 2014.

Elected officials

CCPS is governed by a nine-member board of education. The board posts its meeting schedule online. If you can’t get to the meetings in person, you can watch them on TV24, a local access channel offered on Comcast cable. You can also read the minutes of past meetings online, under the Meetings tab of the eboard website.

Links and content on this page were last verified on 12/9/2014.

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