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 Gifted Education

The Georgia Department of Education’s Gifted Program is funded by the State of Georgia. In Georgia, a gifted education student is defined as one who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her ability(ies).

The Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38 EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS and the Board-approved Regulations for Gifted Education. The information contained in the manual supplements the rules and regulations and provides assistance to teachers and administrators who provide instructional services to Georgia’s gifted students. Additionally, parents and other interested parties can use the resource manual as a guide to gifted education in Georgia.

Many gifted education decisions and procedures are left to the discretion of local school systems so that they may address the unique needs of their communities. This is especially evident in systems that have been awarded IE-2 or Charter status by the Georgia Board of Education. Please contact your local school and school system for additional information. ​

New Opportunity Grants​

A third round of Opportunity Grants has been awarded by the Georgia Department of Education. The funds are designed to support Whole Child Education. To ensure that students are engaged and challenged, these grants target the areas of College Readiness and Talent Development, Mathematics, Health and PE, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages and Global Workforce Initiiatives. 

Please see the GaDOE Competitive Grants​ page for a listing of grant awards.​​

​​Gifted Resources​​

​Virtual Workshops

Please visit our PL Catalog​ and search for the appropriate topic to view the recorded webinars on best practices for gifted educators. Topics include Advanced Content, Resource Room, Talent Development, Problem Solving, Cultivating Creativity, and Collaborative Model.​

Partnering Organizations

Family Engagement Resources

Parent Resources


  • The Essential Guide to Talking With Gifted Teens: Ready-to-Use Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More by Jean Peterson 
  • Teaching for High Potential ​NAGC
  • Gifted and Advanced Black Students: An Anthology of Critical Works by Grantham, Ford, Henfield, Troutman Scott, Harmon, Porcher, and Price
  • Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners by J. Davis 


 Contact Information

Mary Jean Banter
Program Manager

Lisa Hackney​​
Program Specialist