Jackson Elementary Gifted and Talented Education
(G.A.T.E.) Program

Known to our Jackson students and teachers as “Challenge”, our program serves students in grades 1-5 who have been identified as gifted in accordance with the GDOE’s multiple criteria process. Each qualified student at Jackson spends one day a week with a challenge teacher working on content-related enrichment units that encourage higher order thinking skills, research skills, and creativity.

The real beauty of this supplemental instructional program is that it inspires students to go beyond the common thresholds of learning, and feel comfortable doing so. They strive and they achieve, thanks to an innovative program designed by specially certified Challenge teachers. The Challenge teachers also collaborate with a child’s primary teacher to ensure each student receives ample support to meet expectations in both arenas, as children are pulled from regular instruction to attend Challenge classes.

Please review the Gifted Identification Process in the right sidebar of this page to understand all of the parameters associated with the program, as outlined by Atlanta Public Schools.

Eligibility for inclusion in the Challenge program is based on multiple criteria:

  • Mental Ability – measured by IQ; must be 96th percentile or higher
  • Achievement – measured by a standardized, nationally normed achievement test; must be 90th percentile or higher in total reading or total math
  • Motivation – measured by grade point average in grades 3-12 and the Renzulli-Hartman Motivation Instrument, or the Motivator, a structured performance instrument, in grades 1-2
  • Creativity – measured by the Torrence Test of Creativity

Students must meet eligibility requirements in any three of the four above categories provided that a minimum mental ability score is achieved.

Challenge Program

Parents can refer their children for testing by completing the Referral and Parental Consent Form (also see Quick Link above for form) and submitting it to the front office or your child’s homeroom teacher no later than September 29, 2017.

Please direct question to the following teachers as it corresponds to your student’s last name:

A – K     Allie Yancey, acyancey@atlanta.k12.ga.us
L – Sl    Shannon Biggs, shannon.biggs@atlanta.k12.ga.us
Sm – Z  Laura Dostie, lmdostie@atlanta.k12.ga.us