Baldwin High School Gifted and Advanced Placement

Gifted and Advanced Placement

 In keeping with the Georgia State Board of Education's recognition of the need to provide gifted education services to students who have potential for exceptional academic achievement, Baldwin High School provides differentiated curriculum and programs for gifted and talented students.  

Program Goals

The Baldwin County School System strives to ensure the continued development of the potential of the gifted/talented students through the following goals:

  • To provide a curriculum which extends and enriches learning,

  • To provide an instructional program which encourages students to become independent learners, effective problem solvers, and creative thinkers.

Delivery Model

Baldwin High School students who are identified gifted are served in the Advanced Content Class Model.  Gifted students attend one or more core subject classes not exceeding a 1:21 teacher/students ratio.  The curriculum is accelerated and emphasizes process skills, problem-solving activities, research projects and other higher order thinking skills.  Students are assigned to Advanced level courses as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Students may earn college credit upon the completion of AP classes in English, history, and science provided they pass the AP Exam at the end of the course.

Other programs available to gifted high school students include the Governor's Honors Program and joint enrollment with Georgia College & State University.  The Governor's Honors Program is a six-week summer instructional program that provides intellectually gifted and artistically talented students with challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the school year.  Faculty nominations enable students to participate in this program.  Joint enrollment opportunities with Georgia College & State University allow students to receive high school and college credit for courses.

Continuation

Continued placement in the Baldwin High School Gifted Program classes shall include satisfactory performance in gifted classes. Students entering the 9th grade will be held to the continuation policies as defined by Oak Hill Middle School. Students in grades 10-12 will adhere to the continuation policy below.

Satisfactory performance in academic education classes will include a 3.0 or above grade point average on the report card in language arts, math, science, social studies. To determine GPA, the following point system is used:  A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, F = 0 points. A student’s grades will be monitored at the end of each nine-week grading period.

A high school student who fails to meet the required GPA of 3.0 or above will be placed on academic probation for the following semester while Baldwin High School operates under a block schedule program.

If, at the end of the probation period, the student has achieved the required GPA of 3.0 or above, he/she will continue in the program.

The student shall have a final review by the school eligibility team before cessation of services occurs. The eligibility team shall consist of the teachers serving the student in gifted level classes; the school’s gifted coordinator, and the assistant principal for curriculum.

If, for any reason, the student withdraws from active participation in the program, he/she may not re-enter the program during the school year. To re-enter the program, the student must have an overall academic average of 3.0 from the previous year.

The parent/guardian of the student will be notified in writing if the student is withdrawn from the program. Should the parent/guardian choose to withdraw the student from the program, the teacher of the gifted program should be notified in writing.