Gifted Program

Gifted Program (QUEST)


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The aim of the QUEST program for gifted and talented students is to assist eligible gifted students in reaching their potential through a challenging curriculum and differentiated instruction based on elaborate, complex, and in-depth studies of major themes, ideas, and problems. The instructional goals of QUEST are as follows:

  • To meet individual needs of gifted students with rich and rigorous curricula content and learning experiences
  • To nurture critical and creative thinking and problem solving opportunities
  • To encourage citizenship and leadership development
  • To provide students with self-directed and small group learning opportunities that involve planning, interpreting, finding, evaluating, and using reference information and technology
  • To foster student communication of information, ideas, and solutions clearly and accurately.

McDuffie County Schools use a variety of search methods to identify potential students who demonstrate need for gifted services as defined by state rules and regulations. A student may be automatically recommended by existing test scores or recommend himself or herself or be recommended by parents, peers, teachers, counselors, or administrators for referral to the gifted education program.

To be eligible for gifted education services in McDuffie County, students will be evaluated in four data categories: mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation. Students will be evaluated using instruments and qualifying scores as described by the Georgia State Board of Education Policy 160-4-2-.38 Education Program for Gifted Students.

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