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State Policies in Georgia  

Georgia's state policy leaves local education agencies (LEAs) to determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

State policy does not permit.

A child must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter a public Kindergarten. School systems must verify age before enrollment. This and other information is available on the New Student Requirements page.

Early entrance to 1st grade

State policy does not permit.

The child must be six years old on or before September 1 to enter first grade. School systems must verify age before enrollment. This and other information is available on the New Student Requirements page.

Whole-grade accelerationIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Early high school graduation

State policy does not allow gifted students to earn an alternative diploma. Students may be permitted to graduate early, if they have met all graduation requirements. Students may also leave the traditional high school to attend a dual/concurrent enrollment program. Information about those programs is available in the dual/concurrent enrollment section on this page.

Early entrance to collegeThe Advanced Academy of Georgia is a residential early entrance program through the University of West Georgia that enrolls students in 11th grade. Middle Georgia University is home to the Georgia Academy of Aviation, Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES), which enrolls students entering 10th grade and above. These options both allow students to complete their high school diplomas while living and taking classes on a university campus, so while they are not exactly representative of early entrance to college programs, they are options that enable students to begin their college experience early.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or university

State policy specifically permits dual enrollment in high school and college. Each LEA (or college/university) determines the earliest grade/age for dual enrollment, and state policy specifically allows students to receive high school credit for college courses. The Georgia Department of Education offers several options for dual enrollment, which are outlined in the Dual enrollment brochure. One especially interesting option is the Move On When Ready program. Georgia also has a network of early college high schools for students who wish to study with same-age peers on college campuses and earn both high school and college credits.

Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy leaves LEA to determine whether dual enrollment in middle and high school is permitted, and whether students can earn high school graduation credit for courses taken in middle school.
Advanced Placement®Advanced Placement classes have become more common in Georgia in recent years - see the state department of education's Advanced Placement page for more information.
Talent SearchThe Torrance Center for Creativity & Talent Development at the University of Georgia works with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) at Duke University to provide weekend and summer programs for gifted students.
Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits proficiency-based promotion. Standardized tests are used to demonstrate student proficiency, and following proficiency students have several advancement options, including independent study, dual/concurrent enrollment, cross-grade grouping, cluster grouping, grade/course advancement, and internships. State policy specifically allows students to receive graduation credit for proficiency.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Georgia Resource Manual for Gifted Education Services
Georgia Department of Education
Georgia Association for Gifted Children

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.