Georgia educators are committed to the belief that education is a means by which every individual has the opportunity to reach his/her fullest potential. We believe that all students have a right to educational experiences that challenge their individual development whether it is below, at, or beyond the level of their age peers. In accordance with this philosophy, Georgia schools provide educational programs that recognize and make provisions for the special needs of gifted students.
The goal of educational services for gifted students in Thomasville City Schools is to provide for: the extension of learning opportunities, the development of individual potential, the enhancement of the student's self-concept and the advancement toward becoming an independent learner through differentiated curricula beyond the opportunities and experiences of the regular classroom.
The Thomasville City School System offers a comprehensive range of services for gifted and talented students. Students are served in advanced content courses, in gifted resource classes, and through collaborative instruction within general education classrooms.
An advanced content math program is available for students beginning in fourth grade. This program is designed to allow exceptionally gifted or talented students in mathematics to accelerate their instruction in mathematics. Students completing this program complete the standard curriculum for grades 4-6 mathematics by the end of fifth grade, putting them on track to begin seventh grade mathematics in grade six.
The Thomasville Scholars Academy offers a broad and challenging array of options for students beginning in grade six. Students who have begun the accelerated math curriculum in grade four are able to complete the prescribed high school math curriculum in tenth grade, opening the door for students to complete two full years of college calculus before high school graduation. A comprehensive C-STEMS program offers students unique opportunities in computing, science, technology, engineering, and math.
C-STEMS opportunities at the Academy include participation in Lego League, Science Olympiad, computer programming, and pre-engineering courses. The Academy has a growing relationship with Georgia Tech which allows students to participate in both distance learning and on-campus activities at Georgia Tech.
Students who are gifted and talented creatively may participate in the school system's award-winning Odyssey of the Mind program. Odyssey of the Mind students from the Thomasville Scholars Academy have advanced to national competition.
Advanced content courses offered at the Academy include pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, Early College, and International Baccalaureate courses. The Thomasville Scholars Academy will become an IB Candidate School during the 2011-2012 school year with the expectation of achieving IB status the following year.
A partnership with Thomas University allows Scholars Academy students the option to complete a college associates degree by high school graduation. For more information on the Scholars Academy, visit the Scholars Academy webpage.http://sa.tcitys.org/