Jefferson County School District Gifted Program
The purpose of the Jefferson County School District’s Gifted Studies Program is to provide Intellectually Gifted children in grades 2-6 as defined by the Mississippi Department of Education, with a differentiated curriculum designed to meet their unique academic, intellectual, and social-emotional needs. Our mission is to provide educational experiences that will enable students to reach their highest potential as future leaders and problem-solvers in an ever-changing, global society. The JCSD’s intellectually gifted studies program standards, desired learner outcomes, and state-mandated regulations for all gifted programs in Mississippi as defined by the Mississippi Department of Education.
The Jefferson County School District Gifted Program is guided by the following two documents:
Regulations for the Gifted Education Programs in Mississippi
Suggested Outcomes for Intellectually Gifted Education Programs
Goals and Objectives of the Jefferson County School District Gifted Studies Program
a. Students will complete an interest inventory to be used in planning the curriculum.
2. To enhance student self-awareness:
a. Students will identify their own strengths and weaknesses.
b. Students will recognize their individual talents and exhibit them in a responsible manner.
3. To develop creativity and thinking skills:
a. Students will exhibit creativity skills at appropriate levels according to individual abilities.
b. Students will demonstrate the use of thinking skills at appropriate levels according to individual abilities.
4. To develop the skills necessary to become future leaders:
a. Students will identify characteristics of leaders.
b. Students will exhibit leadership skills at appropriate levels according to individual abilities.
5. To provide a curriculum that promotes lifelong learning:
a. Students will choose to participate in advanced classes and/or college preparatory or special area classes.
b. Through a survey, students will express a desire to continue their education at a higher level or attend college.
The goals and objectives of the Jefferson County School District Gifted Studies Program are to provide a differentiated curriculum that incorporates students’ interests, strengths, and learning styles: promote self-awareness and self-directed learning, enhance leadership abilities and group dynamics: develop 21 st Century Learning Skills (MS College and Career Readiness Standards) in creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The Jefferson County School
District Gifted Studies Program is committed to enhancing and enriching the educational experiences of all students through exposure to participation in the fine arts, career exploration, community services, technology, and social-emotional learning.
Type One- Mass Screening. Students who score at or above the 90th percentile on the normed group measure of intelligence shall move forward in the process. Students who score between 85th and 89th percentile but lower than 90th percentile shall be subjected to an Emerging Potential for Gifted Referral Checklist. If students meet the criteria on this checklist, they shall move forward in the referral process.
criteria in order to move forward to the assessment stage, district personnel shall review and compile all data available on the student. This data shall also be made available to a licensed examiner. At this point, the parent will be sent a Parent Packet explaining the referral process. The parent must sign permission to test before any individual testing can be administrated. The assessment stage includes an individual test of intelligence, which shall be administered by a licensed examiner. In no case will the examiner be related to the student being tested. A student must score at or above the 92nd percentile composite/full scale or 92nd percentile on approved subtest (as per publisher) in order to satisfy eligibility criteria. Once the Assessment Report is finalized, the LSC shall meet to review all data and determine if eligibility criteria have or have not been satisfied. The LSC shall rule that the student is or is not eligible for the intellectually gifted program.
*Parents can call The Special Services office (601-786-2280) to obtain a Parent Referral Form.
Out- of-district and out- of- state gifted eligibilities:
Each state has a unique set of eligibility criteria for placement in a gifted program. Hence, a student moving to Mississippi with a gifted eligibility from another state must satisfy Mississippi eligibility criteria before being considered for placement in the gifted program. The eligibility ruling from another state may be used to initiate the referral process in Mississippi. There is no temporary placement in the gifted program while the student goes through the eligibility process within the local district. Students moving from another school district in Mississippi who have been ruled intellectually Gifted can be placed in the Jefferson County School District Gifted Program with the parent signing a consent form.
Gifted Contact: Dr. Cartrell Hammitte