Students Acquiring Gifted Education (SAGE) is the program for academically advanced students at Putnam County Primary and Elementary Schools.

A student may be referred for testing for possible placement in the gifted program by a parent, teacher, administrator, peer, or self.  Achievement tests are given annually to all students in 2nd and 4th grades.  These scores are screened to identify students who automatically meet the achievement test score criteria.

To be eligible for gifted program services, students must meet the eligibility requirements set by the Georgia Department of Education in at least three out of four of the evaluation areas.  Those areas and scoring requirements are as follows:

A.  Mental Ability: A score of 96%ile or above on a test of Cognitive Ability

B.  Achievement: A score or 90%ile or above in the areas of Reading, Math, or Total Battery on a nationally normed achievement test (such as the ITBS)

C.  Creativity: A score of 90%ile or above on the Total Battery score of a standardized test of creativity or a standardized creativity characteristic rating scale or performance rubric

D.  Motivation: A grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale averaged over the previous two years (for 4th and 5th grades only) or a score of 90%ile or above on a standardized motivation rating scale

Testing takes place two times each school year.  The exact times vary from year to year, but generally take place in October and March.  Scores are valid for two years, after which a student may be reconsidered for testing.  Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, or handicapping condition.  The Georgia Department of Education does not discriminate in any educational programs or activities.  Putnam County Elementary School’s gifted program adheres to non-discriminatory laws.  For additional information about testing, please contact your child’s teacher, or the gifted program teacher at beth_myers@putnam.k12.ga.us

SAGE is a resource class designed to motivate and challenge able learners.  The program provides opportunities to develop and apply skills in four main areas: advanced research, creative thinking and problem solving, critical thinking and problem solving, and advanced communication.

In this enrichment model, the students are pulled out of the regular education class for a minimum of five segments per week.  Currently, students identified as gifted at each grade level meet in the gifted classroom setting for one full day per week.

The curriculum plan is designed to meet the gifted students’ need for independent and rapid learning.  The program differentiates the curriculum components of content, process, and product.  SAGE provides enrichment through activities that extend the Georgia Performance Standards, activities that focus on content beyond the curriculum, as well as activities in other areas of student interest.  The activities are designed to develop higher level thinking skills and are intended to be more challenging than the regular education classes.