Forsyth County




    Forsyth County Schools Gifted Education Program
    The mission of gifted education is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented students by providing programs and services that accommodate their advanced learning styles.Identification and eligibility procedures are established through guidance from the Georgia Department of Education.  

    *Transfer students from out of state must have official documentation of former gifted program eligibility before they will be automatically referred to the Gifted Evaluation Team. State of Georgia gifted eligibility rules do not allow for reciprocity of gifted eligibility from out of state or private school programs.  Students transferring from out of state, private school and home school programs will require updated testing in order to determine gifted program eligibility.  

    CogAT and Iowa testing for gifted eligibility will only occur within the windows below:
     Who   Grades Testing Window
     Elem and Middle School  1-8 September-October 2015
     Elem and Middle School K-8 March 2016
    What tests will my child take for determination of gifted eligibility? 
    FCS administers state approved tests for gifted eligibility. The tests administered adhere to the State of Georgia Board of Education Policy, 160-4-2-.38, having been reviewed for bias and are normed on a nationally representative sample with respect to race, religion, national origin, sex, disabilities, and economic background within a 10-year period prior to administration. In accordance with Professional Standards Commission Educator Code of Ethics assessment regulations, test security will be maintained among all levels of test administration. Test security measures include that other than the name of the evaluation instrument, further information will not be shared about gifted eligibility assessments with regard to form, section, or level.  
    Georgia DOE Gifted Website (including GA BOE Gifted Education Rule)

    The Governor's Honors Program is a four-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.

     Sophomore and junior homeschooled students who are interested in the program should contact the school coordinator in the district where they live or the county coordinator before Friday, September 11, 2015, to be included in the mandatory school interview and selection process.
    County Coordinator:
    Erin Zitka
     GA State Saturday School for Scholars (Forsyth County Satellite) 
    For information on Forsyth County Schools' Gifted Education Program, contact the Director of Instruction, Connie Stovall ( or 770.887.2461 ext. 202254).