Fulton County Schools

Fulton County Schools serves gifted students through its Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program, which is part of the Learning & Teaching Department.

Who gets tested for gifted services?

At the start of every school year, teachers review students’ previous test scores. Students who score in the top percentiles are flagged. This is known as “automatic screening.”

In addition, in January or February of each year, classroom teachers review all students, rating them on eleven different characteristics typical of gifted children, including memory, problem-solving, reasoning, insight, and humor. This is called “classroom screening.”

Once a student is identified by automatic screening or classroom screening, teachers review their academic record. If their academic history supports what was found in the screening, the student is then referred for testing.

The TAG office offers a PDF with more detail on the screening and referral process.

How are students tested?

Gifted testing takes one to five days. Standardized tests are used to evaluate their mental ability, creativity, achievement and motivation.

Students identified through automatic screening are tested during the fall semester. Those who are identified through classroom screening are tested in spring semester.

The TAG office has published Q&A documents about the testing process for grades K-5 and for grades 6-12.

How are gifted students served?

In elementary school, TAG classes are held one day per week, with children studying science and social studies topics that enhance the general curriculum.

At the middle-school level, gifted services are delivered via advanced sections of classes.

Gifted students in high school are offered a variety of opportunities, including seminars, individual projects, directed studies and internships. Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes also can be used to fulfill gifted education requirements.

What’s the policy for acceleration?

Students who have mastered grade-level content may be moved ahead to an advanced or accelerated curriculum. The policy is presented in great detail in the system’s continuous achievement manual.

What other options might be good for gifted students?

International Baccalaureate schools

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes both academic and personal achievement.

Fulton’s IB schools are:

Magnet programs

The county offers magnet programs at several high schools. See the Magnet Program page for information about eligibility and how to apply.

This page was updated on Feb. 4, 2020. If you find errors in the links or the information presented, please submit a correction using the Contact page on this site. Thank you.

  1. Tammy Ruefli
    April 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Hello, I was delighted to find this resource for gifted but neither the first number nor the fultongifted.com link are in service. We would like to connect with other gifted groups in our
    area of fulton & would welcome any info
    Or assistance! Thank you.

    • April 24, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for letting me know, Tammy. I didn’t realize it had been so long since I’d checked the links on that page. I’ve updated all the information now. Sadly, it appears that the Fulton Supporters of the Gifted GAGC chapter has been disbanded. Not only did the link not work, but that chapter is no longer listed on the GAGC’s local chapters page.

  2. Susan Barfoot
    July 3, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    May a child be identified gifted outside of the school by a school board approved psychologist?
    If so, how do I obtain a list?

    • July 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      To my knowledge, public schools don’t accept evaluations from independent psychologists. Gifted identification must be done through the school’s testing, as administered by the school. From what I’ve heard, this wasn’t always the case, but when outside evaluations used to be accepted, people who could afford to see a private psychologist were able to essentially buy their kid gifted identification. If you want to double check, call the county’s gifted office (contact information listed on GiftedAtlanta.com site under Fulton County Schools).

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