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.