Gifted Education

In order for a student to qualify for the gifted program, three of the four categories below must be met:

  • Mental Ability - 96 percentile
  • Achievement - 90 percentile on total battery or total math or total reading
  • Creativity - Standardized test-90 percentile total battery or three or more school generated products/performances with a score of 90 or above on a scale of 1-100
  • Motivation - GPA at or above 3.5(on a 4.0 scale) over the previous two years or standardized motivational rating scale with a score of  90 or above on a scale of 1-100

    Students in grades K-12 in the Irwin County School District who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic and/or creative ability are provided with special instructional services by the Program for Gifted Students.  Eligibility criteria for placement are determined by the State Board of Education.  Referrals for consideration for eligibility for gifted services may be made by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self and other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities.
    For a summary of eligibility criteria or for further information about Irwin County’s Program for Gifted students, please contact the gifted education teacher(s) at your child’s school or Dr. Stacie Marsh, system Gifted Program Coordinator at 468-7485.  The Irwin County School System Gifted Manual is also available on the Irwin County School System website.

Hospital/Homebound (HHB)

  HHB provides academic instruction and other services provided to eligible students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods of time that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by the licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is treating the student for the presenting diagnosis.
HHB Services are available to students who need to be absent from school for a minimum of ten (10) consecutive days because of a non-communicable disease or illness. HHB Services must be requested through the school office by the student and parent/guardian.
  A completed written medical referral form signed by a licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is currently treating the student for the diagnosis presented must be submitted to the LEA for HHB services to be considered.
  Following approval of HHB services, a meeting will be required including the student, parent/guardian, administration, and all classroom teachers to develop an Educational Service Plan (ESP), discuss services and expectations. The ESP shall include a school re-entry plan.
  A student who is on the Hospital Homebound Program is counted present in school. Work is assigned by the classroom teachers.

Media Center

  The Media Center is for the use of all students and staff for reading, studying, and research. Teachers may call extension 2516 or email the librarian in order to schedule whole class activities such as research or checkout. As the Media Center serves two school populations, often two classes will be scheduled simultaneously, one for computer use and one for book checkout. Whole class use will take precedence over individual student use. The librarian and media assistants are here to help students with their research and reading needs; however, students are expected to learn how to use the library system and to keep up with their library accounts online.  Students are required to behave responsibly while entering or using the Media Center.

School Counselor

  The school counselor is here to help students.  A student may sign up for an appointment.  A pass will then be sent to let the student know when his/her appointment has been scheduled.  Parents may want to talk with teachers or a counselor concerning grades, adjustment problems, course requirements, or other areas of concern.  They may make an appointment with the counselor by calling the school.