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Reach Program

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Gifted Education

Coweta County’s gifted education program will be identified as
“The REACH Program for Gifted Students.”

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R E A C H: Relishing Education and Conquering Heights

State Rule 160-4-2-.38 will be applied in the operation of the gifted education program.

Updated Spring 2016


Our vision is to ensure the success of each student.


The Coweta County School System (CCSS) provides gifted education services to eligible students through REACH. The REACH Program for identified gifted students is an outgrowth of CCSS’s commitment to student success. Following Georgia Board of Education regulations, REACH is designed to meet the unique needs of students who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability, exhibit an exceptionally high degree of motivation, excel in specific academic fields, and need special instruction and/or ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with their abilities. CCSS encourages, fosters, and supports differentiated educational efforts that meet provisions for the special needs of gifted learners through an array of service delivery options and educational opportunities. Activities for REACH students include more elaborate, complex, and in-depth study of major ideas, problems, and themes than that addressed in the regular educational classroom. The successful attainment of these goals is dependent upon a collaborative effort among the educators, community members, parents, and students.


  • Gifted students will develop advanced research skills and methods.
  • Gifted students will develop and practice creative thinking and creative problem-solving skills with a variety of complex topics within the area of study.
  • Gifted students will develop and practice critical thinking and logical problem-solving skills in the pertinent academic area.
  • Gifted students will develop advanced communication skills.
  • Gifted students will develop an understanding of self and how their unique characteristics may influence interactions with others.  

Gifted Policy

The Coweta County School System will provide services for all students who are eligible according to Georgia Rule 160-4-2-.38.  The State of Georgia provides rules and regulations for the operation of gifted programs that require local boards of education to meet standards regarding notice, referrals, consent, eligibility, continuation, and reporting requirements. The Coweta County School System has adopted Board Policy IDDD and Administrative Regulation IDDD-R to guide the operation of the system’s gifted program.

Definition of a Gifted Student

A gifted student is defined as one who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities. Students who meet the eligibility criteria in grades kindergarten through twelve in the Coweta County School System will be served in the gifted education program.

Types of Referral

  1. Reported Referral. A student may be referred for consideration for gifted education services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self and other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities.
  2. Automatic Referral. Students who score at the following specified levels on a norm referenced test, as defined in the GaDOE Resource Manual for Gifted Education Services, shall be considered automatically for further assessment to determine eligibility for gifted program services:
    • Students who score at or above the 96th percentile on a composite of full-scale or appropriate component score on a norm-referenced test of mental ability

Reciprocity Process

  1. If a student who was eligible and served for gifted education services in another Georgia public school system enters Coweta County Schools, he/she will be considered eligible for gifted education services as soon as verifying eligibility information is received from the sending system and the student meets the criteria for continuation of gifted services established by Coweta County Schools.
  2. There is no mandated reciprocity between states unless the student is a dependent of military personnel as provided in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2140 et. seq.
  3. Reciprocity is not automatic in out-of-state situations. He/she will be evaluated for gifted services based on Georgia criteria as outlined in State Rule 160-4-2-.38 within 45 school days of enrollment. Any standardized test scores in his/her previous records that are less than two calendar years old and that are on the list of approved assessments for Georgia are valid and should be used in helping determine eligibility. 


  1. To be eligible for gifted education services, a student must either:
    1. Score at or above the 99th percentile (for grades K-2) or the 96th percentile (for grades 3-12) on the composite score of a norm-referenced test of mental ability AND score at or above the 90th percentile on the total battery, total math or total reading section(s) of a norm-referenced achievement test; OR
    2. Qualify through a multiple-criteria assessment process by meeting the criteria in any three of the following four areas: mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation.
  2. To be eligible for gifted education services, a student must meet the criterion score on a norm-referenced test and either has observational data collected on his or her performance or produce a superior product as described below.
  3. Information shall be collected in each of the four areas: Mental Ability, Achievement, Creativity, and Motivation.
  4. Test scores used to establish eligibility shall have been administered within the past two calendar years.
  5. Any data used in one area to establish a student’s eligibility shall not be used in any other data category.
  6. Assessment information that is collected by a source outside of the Coweta County School System and offered for consideration of eligibility should be submitted at the time of the referral. During the referral and evaluation process, it will be considered as part of a comprehensive profile of evidence of advanced instructional needs. This information will NOT be used as the sole source or substituted for data the school system routinely generates during its evaluation process but will be used as part of the total data considered for eligibility.
  7. Students shall be tested in all four data categories (Mental Ability, Achievement, Creativity, and Motivation) before eligibility is determined.

Program Delivery Models

All students served in the gifted program in Coweta County receive a minimum of five segments of services each week.

Elementary Schools

In the elementary schools, gifted students are served through the resource class or the advanced content class models of instruction one day per week by grade level at their home school. This allows the students to participate in thematic cross-curricular units. The curriculum, which is aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence, promotes meaningful, challenging, interdisciplinary, and rich learning goals. This differentiated instruction provides needed services for the exceptional learners. The use of multi-faceted units allows all students’ needs to be met in their areas of giftedness. Finally, the students are able to transfer problem solving, deductive reasoning, cooperative learning, higher level thinking, and performance based assessments to their regular education classrooms. The REACH teachers work cooperatively with all classroom teachers to help enrich and accelerate required curriculum for these students daily.  If gifted enrollment allows, students who are not identified as gifted, but who have demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation in a particular area are placed in Advanced Content classes.  Differentiated instruction is in place for Gifted and Advanced Content students.

Middle Schools

In the middle schools, the special needs of gifted students are met through the resource class or the advanced content class models of instruction in the areas of science and language arts as part of the students’ daily schedules. Instruction is differentiated and composed of units and projects to expand and enhance the current Georgia Standards of Excellence. Students are homogeneously grouped on the basis of achievement and interest in a specific academic content area. If gifted enrollment allows, students who are not identified as gifted but who have demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation in a particular content area are placed in the advanced content classes.

High Schools

In the high schools, gifted students study in specific academic areas of interest and expertise for a minimum of five hours of gifted services per week (or the yearly equivalent on block scheduling). English and social studies resource classes and College Board Advanced Placement (AP) classes provide accelerated and differentiated learning experiences to meet the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. Content, pacing, learning processes, and performance expectations of the curriculum in each delivery model are more rigorous and differentiated to the extent that the instruction is clearly not appropriate for more typical students at that grade level.

Inquiries about gifted services should be directed to the principal or to a teacher of the gifted at the appropriate school.
The above information includes excerpts from the gifted manual updated Summer 2017. 

Gifted Coordinator:

Dr. Schwanda Jackson
Coweta County School System
167 Werz Industrial Drive
Newnan, Georgia 30263

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:27


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A child needs you as a friend!

The Coweta County School System’s Mentor Program is seeking committed citizens who would like to make a difference in a child’s life and education.

What is a Mentor?

  • A mentor is a trusted friend who is committed and dedicated to making a difference in a child's life.
  • A mentor creates experiences which will help the child feel valued, supported, and encouraged.

What are a mentor's responsibilities?

  • A mentor accepts the child as he/she is.
  • A mentor becomes a special friend and builds self-esteem.
  • The mentor and the child may spend an hour each week reading a book, playing an educational game, or just talking.
  • The student, the mentor, and the teacher set the agenda together!

With what kind of child does a mentor work?

  • All children can benefit from their relationship with mentors. However, since we don't have enough mentors, we must be selective about who is paired with a mentor.
  • Children who are assigned mentors are those who seem to need a little extra something. Their parents or teachers may ask for someone to assist the child with reading or writing or they may seek someone who can help the child develop hobbies. The chosen students may simply need the extra companionship of a responsible adult.

How much time is involved?

  • A mentor is asked to visit a child for only one hour per week in the school setting.
  • In order to avoid disappointments to the child, we ask that the mentors make a commitment to participate for a minimum of one school year.

Are there special qualifications/training to become a mentor?

  • Mentoring has a place for you even if you don't have a special talent or skill. Your hobby or work may lend excitement or have special appeal as a learning experience for a student.
  • Sharing your time and listening to your student can have a powerful impact on both your lives.
  • Mentors may not have a criminal background.

Who benefits?

  • Everyone does!
  • Your involvement will bring you a great deal of personal satisfaction. Mentoring will add to your life. You will make new friends and feel the pleasure of helping others.
  • Most of all, the students benefit. They receive more individual attention, and they learn to work with and communicate with caring adults. At the same time they learn about their community and themselves.

How do you become a mentor?

  • Attend a one-hour orientation.  


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:49


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The links on this site provide all of the forms and information for serving students who are hospital or homebound. If you have any questions, please contact:

Hospital and Homebound Services Forms

The above forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the reader, please visit the following link to download:

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:35

College Placement

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College Placement


Request for College/University Student Placement in Coweta County Schools

Instructions: Please read the guidelines listed below and complete the required forms to request field experience in the Coweta County School System.

  • All Coweta County Student Placements are requested at the district level and not at the individual school levels.
  • Please allow six weeks for your request to be approved and assigned once all paperwork has been received from both parties. The college institute will be contacted by email or phone once the placement has been assigned.  The institute will then relay information to student to complete placement.
  • Coweta County does not place students over the summer.  No request for the current school year will be accepted after March 31st.
  • The following documents must be completed and submitted before placement will be considered by the college representative.
Documents to be submitted by the requesting COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: Documents to be submitted by the College/University STUDENT:
  1. CCSS placement agreement – Electronic - Signed or already on File - Every 2 years
  2. Request for Placement - Electronic - for each observation over 40 hours, field experience and / or internship / student teacher placement.
  1. Health Information Form
  2. Background Check Form
  • The background check needs to be acquired by the student within 30 to 45 days of start date of the placement and can be obtained from their local police/sheriff’s office.  Submit original BGC hard copy with hard copy of health form to CCSS Werz Central Office.
  • Current CCSS employees will not need to submit a background check; have on file.

Documents that are required but cannot be submitted electronically can be mailed to the Central Office located at:

Coweta County School System
Central Office
Attn: College Student Placement Division
167 Werz Industrial Drive
Newnan, GA 30263

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 18:59

Technology Services

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Technology Services

Mission Statement

The Technology Services Department provides technology design, technical support and training, data analysis and reporting, systems management and administration, technology acquisition, the review and development of technology policies and standards, and strategic planning services, for the Coweta County School System.

To ensure these services are provided in an effective, efficient, and courteous manner, the Technology Services Department will:

  • Support and promote the productive use of technology throughout the organization
  • Ensure that all technology in place is secure, reliable and performing as needed
  • Provide timely, courteous, and effective end-user support to resolve problems and provide assistance
  • Select, design, and install cost-effective, quality technology solutions, designed to meet business needs
  • Manage service contracts and vendor relationships for highest quality and reasonable costs
  • Protect business interests and technology investment with effective IT policies and practices
  • Promote end-user self-sufficiency through training and communication
  • Maintain a positive, courteous relationship with end-users through information and communication
  • Provide continuous customer support that ensures the most effective classroom environment for student learning
  • Three-Year Technology Plan, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017
  • Virus and threat information
  • Coweta County School System Technology Ethics
  • CCSS Tech Tips



Jason Olvey Technology Director Ext. 2063
Mike Harris Programmer / Webmaster Ext. 2065
Jeremy Caswell Network Engineer Ext. 2071
Cindy Nemeth Student Information Ext. 2067
Kathy Payton Network Engineer Ext. 2070
Mary Cato Data Center Administrator Ext. 2075
LeeAnne Brown Curriculum Technology Specialist Ext. 2064
Tanya Grieb Student Information Ext. 2069
Christy Henry Student Information Ext. 2068
David McKinney Computer Repair Technician Ext. 2067

21st Century Classroom

Educational Support Specialists





Terry Threadgill




Beth Sullivan




Travis Parker




Rachel Foster




Patrick Maritz




Teresa Reeves


Willis Road


Richard Bennett


White Oak


Joey Gaddy




Georgette Cooper




Brian Bowie

Smokey Road

Elm Street


Alli Rogers

Newnan Crossing

Thomas Crossroads


Melanie Wilde



Ruth Hill

Jeff Foust




Tim Wilde


Arbor Springs


Jennifer Russell


Poplar Road

Jefferson Parkway


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:30

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