Because our schools are small and widely dispersed, the resource center is centrally located at Greenville Middle School. Elementary and middle school gifted students meet one day per week according to grade levels. Being housed in a central location offers many advantages. First, by pooling our resources, we make the best use of the staff and of our instructional funding. Second, we provide the opportunity for students from different socio-economic backgrounds to meet others with similar interests and abilities. Third, we provide a number of field trip opportunities to extend learning outside the classroom. Lastly, we give students the opportunity to help maintain a website, which provides real-life experiences with technology and communication.
At the resource center, students are usually divided into grade level study groups during instruction. However, there are opportunities for multiage classroom collaboration and field trip experiences during the year. For students in grades K-2, all the day’s activities will usually be part of a continuous study of a single topic. Students in grades 3-8 will have two or three subject area lessons throughout the day, which are connected to an overall theme. Parents receive information on services in writing and on the website.
Students in grades 9-12 take Advanced Content Classes and Advanced Placement Classes are available at both high schools. Other rigorous opportunities are available online through the Georgia Virtual School. The schedules and placement depends on the classes offered each semester.