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

Curriculum is what we teach, which is based on the Georgia 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.

Georgia Standards of Excellence:

Classrooms throughout Lumpkin County Schools focus on Georgia Standards of Excellence. You may find a copy of the standards by visiting:


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 an administrator 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 at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

For additional information on Gifted Services visit the GaDOE website:

Additional parent resources can also be found on the National Association for Gifted Children website:


English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. Lumpkin County Schools provide ESOL services to all eligible students through research-based models. The Georgia Department of Education provides the criteria to determine eligibility for services. Parents may contact school administrators for additional information in regards to program services, eligibility, and assessment information.

For additional information on ESOL visit the GaDOE website:


Students in Lumpkin County participate in standardized assessments and classroom assessments. Assessments are used to assist in determining a student’s overall academic achievement. Classroom assessments are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence. The standardized assessments used include Criterion-Referenced Tests, Ability and Achievement Tests, and Norm-Referenced Tests. Additional information regarding testing may be found at the links shown below.

GaDOE Testing and Assessment:

GA Milestones:


Access for ELLs:

Georgia Alternative Assessment: