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Curriculum & Instruction

about 1 year ago

Curriculum and Instruction is the heart of our work in the Lumpkin County Charter System. 

Curriculum is what we teach, which is based on the state standards.  It is not to be confused with textbooks, which are instructional resources used to deliver, or teach, the curriculum.  Instruction is how we teach the curriculum.  It involves the teacher's use of strategies to meet the unique needs of all learners.

It is critical that schools and homes work closely together on what is taught and how it is taught.  Together, we can lead all students to academic success.

All curriculum information including standards, frameworks, maps and training materials can be reviewed at the Georgia Standards website -

Standards-Based Classrooms

over 2 years ago

A standards-based classroom (SBC) is a classroom where the students as well as the teacher have a clear understanding of the expectations (GSE or GPS).  Students know what they are learning every day, why the day's learning is important to them, and how they should take responsibiilty for their learning.  Your child should know where they are in their learning each and every day.

The Lumpkin County Charter System has identified five distinct tenants of standards-based classrooms:  Community, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Expectations.  It is our goal to provide all students to opportunity to learn in a standards-based environment.

Each tenant is further defined below.

Reaching and Engaging Students
* Within Classrooms
* Between Teams
* Among Schools

Planning What to Teach
* Based on Accepted Standards
* Planned Backward and Collaboratively
     >Begin with the End in Mind
     >Determine How You will Know They Know
     >Plan Learning Experiences
* Mapped High-Interest Units

Teaching Different Students Differently
* Performance-Based
     >KNOW the content
     >DO the skills
     >USE the thinking
     >COMMUNICATE the connections
* Differentiated
* Technology-Based
* Data-Based

Giving Feedback for Learning
* Invovle Students
* Set Clear Targets
* Design Balanced Tasks
* Act on the Evidence

Challenging Students

* Higher Order Thinking Skills/Processes
* Habits of Mind
* Relevance
* Authenticity

Gifted & Talented Services

over 2 years ago

Gifted Services in the Lumpkin County Charter School System

Georgia educators are committed to the belief that education is a means by which each individual has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. We believe that all students have a right to educational experiences that challenge their individual development whether it is below, at, or beyond the level of their age peers.  In accordance with this philosophy, the Lumpkin County School System provides educational services that recognize and make provisions for the special needs of gifted learners.

Students, grades kindergarten through twelve, in the Lumpkin County School System who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic, and/or creative ability are provided with special instructional services by the EXCEL Program for Gifted Services.  Eligibility criteria for placement in this program 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 Lumpkin's Program for Gifted Students, please contact the Gifted Education teacher at your child's school.

Lumpkin County’s EXCEL Program meets student needs by providing academic challenges for students who are intellectually advanced. Students participating in the services receive differentiated instruction during their school day. This instruction is provided through state approved models, including cluster, resource, and advanced content classes, at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

The following is a Parent Resource Link to the National Association for Gifted Children

Gifted Services - Contacts

over 2 years ago

For school-related questiions concerning the Gifted Program, please contact the following:

Blackburn Elementary School Betsy Green  706-864-8180
Long Branch Elementary School Stacie Gerrells  706-864-5361
Lumpkin County Elementary School    Don Landrum  706-864-3254
Lumpkin County Middle School Beth Grindle  706-864-6189
Lumpkin County High School Mary Cooper   706-864-6186


For system-related questions concerning the Gifted Program, please contact the following:

Lumpkin County School System         Shari Quintero  706-864-3611

Student Services

7 months ago

Lumpkin County Schools employ professionals to assist children in preparing them for successful and productive lives in an ever-changing world. School counselors, school nurses, and social workers work together to provide support services for students from PreK through graduation. These professionals focus on academic areas and emotional and developmental behaviors to address barriers to school success. Our mission at Lumpkin County Schools is to educate and empower life long learners.

School System Social Worker

The system social worker works in conjunction with counselors, nurses and school administrators to assist students and families experiencing difficulties in a variety of areas. The social worker may offer direct services and assistance to school staff and families in crisis situations. The social worker can provide aid to students experiencing homelessness and connect families with appropriate community resources.  The social worker also monitors attendance and makes referrals to appropriate agencies when students have excessive absences. The goal of the system social worker is to empower and support all students to achieve academic success.

System Social Worker - Joni McElwaney

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) promotes optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. The program provides support, encouragement, and research based information through personal visits and group meetings. The goal of Parents as Teachers is to equip families with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and a greater success in school.  

Parents as Teachers Program - Sabine Brashier

School Counselors

The priority of school counselors is to provide support to students, families and school communities in order to increase student achievement by addressing emotional, social and behavioral needs. Counselors provide age appropriate guidance for school success through individual and small group settings, classroom guidance activities, character education, and college and career lessons. The counselors are available to all students to help ensure that the students acquire and demonstrate the skills needed for personal/social development in preparation for becoming life long learners.

School Nurses

The school nurse is an individual that facilitates better health practices in the life of students and staff to make a difference in student academic performance. The school nurse maintains a clinic record for each student to use in maintenance care or in the event of a school emergency. The school nurse is an integral part of helping to maintain the well-being of our students. 

School Counselors and Nurses:

Blackburn Elementary School - Kimberly Beck, counselor & Megan Lower, nurse 

Long Branch Elementary School - Erin Ferrell, counselor & Ursula Luesing, nurse

Lumpkin County Elementary School - Matthew Cole, counselor & Rosa Grizzle, nurse

Lumpkin County Middle School - Kayla Dingess & LaGala Fugate, counselors & Becky Marshall, nurse

Lumpkin County High School - Julie Graff, Alan Hogan & Mary Smith, counselors & Cami McCarty, nurse