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Gifted Education Program


Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.  ~John W. Whitehead, The Stealing of America, 1988

Meet The Gifted Teachers! 

Mrs. Tammy Price

Clanton Elementary School

Clanton Intermediate School

Mrs. Christine Davis

Jemison Elementary School

Maplesville High School
Jemison Middle School
     grade 5

Mrs. Stacey Pierce

Clanton Middle School

Isabella High School

Thorsby High School

Mr. Matthew Staggs

Jemison Middle School
     Grade 6

Mrs. Peggy Martin

Verbena High School                     

Gifted and Talented Program
The Alabama Administrative Code defines gifted as:  "Intellectually gifted children and youth are those who preform or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.  These children and youth possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Who can refer?
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities may refer a student.  Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals during the annual second grade child find.  For those students above grade 2, please contact your school counselor to begin the referral process. 
Referral Process
Parental consent is required prior to proceeding with screening and/or evaluation.  Once consent is received, a screening team reviews the available information in the areas of intelligence or creativity, gifted characteristics and performance.  The team determines if there is enough compelling evidence to proceed with an evaluation. 
The state of Alabama uses a matrix ( this utilizes multiple criteria on the referred child)  to determine eligibility for gifted services.  Students who achieve the minimum required score on the matrix are considered eligible for gifted services.  A Gifted Education Plan (GEP) is developed for these students.  Written parental permission is required before services begin. 
Service Delivery
Chilton County Schools provides services according to the recommendations set forth by the ALSDE.  Students in grades 3-6 are served by a pull-out program.  Students receive three hours of services per week.  In grades 7-12 students are served through advanced curriculum, AP courses and dual enrollment in the local community college. 
Services are only provided to students enrolled in the Chilton County School System.