TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM [TAG]
Athens Middle School's Talented and Gifted (TAG) Education Program focuses on a flexible approach for identifying students who can benefit from enrichment services. Broad goals of the TAG program are:
- To provide various levels and types of enrichment to a broader spectrum of the school population than commonly offered in special programs,
- To integrate services offered by special programs with the regular curriculum,
- To improve the extent and quality of enrichment for all students, and
- To promote "raising the bar" throughout the school environment.
TAG classes include students who have been identified as gifted using traditional screening procedures, but is open to students who show equal potential for advanced and/or creative performance. The TAG program provides a coherent curriculum that is responsive to the needs of gifted/high ability learners.
This program serves students who have any difficulty in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English that may deny them the ability to meet state proficiency levels of achievement (as determined by state assessments); the ability to effectively attain course of study standards in the classroom; or the opportunity to participate in school, school related activities, and society in general.
It is the goal of all school personnel, including regular classroom teachers, special education teachers, gifted education teachers, after-school staff, summer school staff, at-risk instructors, counselors, and administrators, to help each student make yearly progress on standardized evaluations and reach the highest possible levels of English language and academic proficiency in the shortest time possible. This will enable the students to become contributing members of our community.