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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 corresponding with his or her ability(ies).

Catoosa County Schools serves gifted students through the Horizon Program, which includes grades K-12.

The resource and/or cluster group. and or advanced content model is used in elementary school. The advanced content model is used in grades K-12. Students in grades may be served up to six subjects per day. High school gifted students are served through honors and advanced placement classes. Post secondary options, with the opportunity to earn college credits, are available for gifted twelfth graders.

Horizon Program Goals:

  • Develop lifelong independent learners
  • Focus on higher-order thinking skills and advanced problem solving
  • Provide opportunities for independent studies and self-directed projects
  • Compacting and enriching the regular curriculum through the use of interdisciplinary units of study
  • Prepare students in K-12 in standardized test-taking skills
  • Prepare students for college admissions requirements, including written applications, oral interviews, and academic competition
  • Increase communication skills, orally and written, in an exemplary manner
  • Provide opportunities for creative expression
  • Solicit input from all stakeholders for the purpose of program involvement
  • Develop research skills
  • Develop productive citizens with opportunities to contribute to their community
  • Prepare students to be technologically competent


Students in the Horizon Program have many opportunities to advance beyond the basic curriculum. A greater breadth and depth of learning is encouraged (fostered) that may include 1) additional educational field trips 2) in-depth conceptual units 3) competition through media festivals, art shows, social science fairs, writing competitions, Governor's Honors Programs, and a variety of other opportunities. Eligible and interested seventh grade students participate in Duke University's Talent Identification Program.