Advanced & Gifted Program

Gifted and Eligible

Your child is gifted. Now, what do you do? Most parents don't even know what the word gifted even signifies much less know what the next steps are to helping their child succeed outside of their core curriculum. Intellectual giftedness is defined as having above intelligence and/or superior talent in areas such as math, art, or music. What it is not: It does not mean smarter. It is simply the ability to think superiorly differently than most. In these cases, gifted students need more encouragement and sometimes more foundational work to their support system. 

John Hopkins University CTY Program gifted program is a partner with schools such as ours to help gifted students develop their skills and foundations in additional classes that are accredited and full of enrichment. 

With CTY's Online Programs, a student can earn school credit, supplement in-school work, or dig deeper into subjects that interest them from anywhere, and at anytime.

When an Immanuel Preparatory student is suspected by a teacher or faculty to be gifted, a letter is sent to the parent asking if they would like to apply for the program. If the child is accepted into the program, at no additional cost, Immanuel Preparatory will prepare a grant scholarship for the student to allow the student to take an enrichment class with John Hopkins at their choosing per year or semester depending on the class schedule. Outside of Immanuel Preparatory, these courses may cost between $700-900. Because we encourage our students to be their best selves, we always find new innovative ways to prepare scholarships and grants to fund for our students. This is an exciting opportunity especially for college-ready high schoolers who want a great head start on their college admissions applications to their dream colleges. Gifted testing begins at 2nd Grade and once tested will never need to test again.


Any student who meets the state gifted eligibility criteria is considered eligible to receive gifted education testing through John Hopkins CTY Gifted Program upon verification of records.

Out of State and Off-Cycle Testing

While there is no reciprocity for students identified as gifted outside of the state of Georgia, students who were identified as gifted in another state shall automatically be considered for testing during the next testing cycle.

NOTE:  Students may not be scheduled into gifted classes until eligibility has been verified and parent permission has been obtained.


Students eligible for gifted services through Immanuel Preparatory's partnership with John Hopkins University must meet satisfactory performance in the daily classroom.  Gifted identified students at Immanuel Preparatory being served in the daily classroom will be evaluated, at a minimum, once yearly.  Students who do not maintain satisfactory performance in their daily classes will be placed on probation and may need additional classroom required work.

Once a student is placed on probation, the student’s probationary status remains in effect for the remainder of the current year for elementary and middle school students.  For high school, probation remains in effect until the end of the course.  At all levels, transfer students who qualify for gifted services at Immanuel Prep, but whose performance does not meet continuation criteria, may begin services on probation. 

Voluntary Discontinuation

A parent may request a student be removed from the gifted service program at any time by providing written notification.  Gifted services in elementary resource and middle school advanced content courses must be discontinued for a minimum of 18 weeks before any reconsideration of service can occur, barring extenuating circumstances.

Program Re-Entry

Once identified eligible for gifted services in the state of Georgia, students are not required to re-establish gifted eligibility, regardless of the length of the break in service. All re-entry decisions are made on an individual basis by the Eligibility Team. Factors to be considered in the reentry decision should include evidence of the student’s advanced learning needs and the recency and performance levels of any previous gifted program referrals or placements.

K-12  Rating scales used to qualify student motivation must equate to the 90th percentile  


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