Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Program webpage! At Central Elementary School, the 4th and 5th grade teachers and visual/performing arts teachers consult with Gifted Services to challenge students in their areas of giftedness. We work together to provide opportunities for gifted students and students with potential for giftedness to think critically and creatively, to problem solve, and to be intellectual risk-takers. We strive to foster academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and creative growth.
Several service options are available to meet the unique needs of our gifted learners. Not all service options are appropriate for all gifted learners. While all gifted students are serviced through consultation and differentiation, parents, administrators, teachers, and students are consulted when other service options are available and/or appropriate.
- Consultation: The GT Director consults with the teachers to provide support and resources for gifted learners in general education classrooms.
- Differentiation: Instruction, lessons, activities, assessments, or authentic products are personalized to challenge the strengths of gifted learners.
- Subject Acceleration: Gifted learners are accelerated one or more grade levels in a subject area.
- Whole-Grade Acceleration: Gifted learners skip a grade in accordance with district policy.
- Independent Study: Gifted learners research a topic of interest and create an original product at the teacher's discretion.
- Mentorships: Gifted students from the MCHS Leadership Dynamics class or specific subject area classes act as mentors to younger gifted learners once a week for 45-60 minutes per session. Mentors volunteer their time for community service and are available according to their class schedules.
- Special Counseling Services: School guidance counselors consult with the GT Director to identify and service students who may struggle with undue stress, perfectionism, super-sensitivities, or overexcitabilities. All Marshall County School District guidance counselors and the GT Director have completed training to be able to counsel gifted learners.
While we challenge gifted learners in their areas of strengths, we also provide support for any academic or social-emotional deficiencies. Differentiation of instruction occurs daily in the general education classrooms as all Marshall County educators have been trained to meet the varied needs of students. Special counseling services are provided for gifted students with social-emotional struggles. Mentorship opportunities are also provided for select students depending on the availability of mentors.
Progress of growth is continuous as teachers and gifted services work together to benefit gifted students. We meet monthly for GT/RtI meeting to discuss individual student progress, any student needs, and confirm differentiation occuring in the classroom. Progress reports are sent once each semester through Gifted Student Service Plan (GSSP).
Please direct questions or concerns to any of the following:
Toddie Adams: Director of Gifted Services
Jill Darnall: Principal
Julie Teague: Guidance Counselor
For additional information, please visit
Marshall County School District GT Program