Habersham County Schools
132 Stanford Mill Road
PO Box 70
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Honors students visit Washington, DC
Habersham County Schools
Gifted Education Services
Dr. Martha K. Cantrell, Gifted Program Coordinator
Phone: (706) 754-2110 Ext 128
P O Box 70, W Stanford Mill Rd
Clarkesville, Georgia 30523
The public schools of Habersham County are committed to identifying, nurturing, and developing the unique abilities and potential of each gifted and talented student through high quality gifted education service
2017 Summer Assignments are posted under Document Uploads.
**New assignment posted - AP US History - due August 18
Thirty-seven Habersham County Students Receive AP Scholar Awards. Habersham Central High School has been recognized as an AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement, and AP Humanities Honor School
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students for their outstanding accomplishments:
2016 AP Scholars
AP Scholar Award:Alan Aguilar, Kaleigh Caldwell, Dillon Caudell, Katherine Dukes, Martin Guillen, Theodore Lyon, Luis Otero, Kelley Pointer, and Catelyn Smith; current seniors Kiley Blackburn, Nicole Boutdara, Dennis Garcia, Spencer Garrett, Mary Elizabeth Hartness, Hampton Hotard, Madalyn Hudlow, Joseph Meredith, Virginia Miguel, Savannah Rogers, Alexa Schwartz, and Janice Webb; along with current junior Madison Billingslea and former student Hannah Thomas
AP Scholar with Honor: 2016 graduate Austin Weyrich, current seniors Jordan Castaneda, Rachael Pastman, Nathan Phengdara, and Molly Wade, and current junior Elizabeth Hughes
AP Scholar with Distinction:2016 graduates Nathan Alligood, Noah Britton, John Paul Hamilton, Abigail Miller, Madeleine Moore, and Spencer Shimek along with current seniors Brooke Benfield and Elizabeth Mayo
2017 Governor's Honors Program
Alexa McAllister - Communicative Arts
2017 Duke TIP Awards
Grand Recogition/State Honors/Academy Qualification: Molly Grace Butler
2017 Star Student/Star Teacher - System and County Winners
Joseph Meredith*Rhea Galati
Bridge Builder Scholarship
Savannah Rogers - Excellence in Scholastic Merit
Braxton Andrew McCall - Excellence in Fine Arts
The goal of the Discovery Program is to provide for the extension of learning opportunities, the development of individual potential, the enhancement of students’ self-concept, and the advancement toward becoming an independent learner beyond the opportunities of the regular classroom. The program does this through development in four major areas: cognitive skills, learning skills, research and reference skills, and communication skills. The curriculum is interdisciplinary.
Gifted eligibility in the state of Georgia requires a collection of student data in the areas of mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation. A unique feature of our gifted resource center is a focus on critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving through integrated units of study enhanced by activities that target each student's area(s) of giftedness. Students use these skills to develop individual and group projects that are interest-driven or extensions of classroom curriculum.
Students are encouraged to develop individual talents and to become self-directed lifelong learners.
Teachers: Jeannie Collins
Elementary Gifted Cluster Teachers:
Baldwin: Kelly Williams - 1st Reading/Math; Christine McCormack - 4th Reading/Science and 5th Reading
The overall aim of the Junior Honors Program at the middle school level is to provide for the extension of learning opportunities, the development of individual potential, the enhancement of students' self-concept, and the advancement toward becoming an independent learner beyond the opportunities of the regular classroom. The program does this through development in four areas of gifted competencies: cognitive skills, learning skills, research and reference skills, and communication skills.
Advanced content classes are offered in mathematics and language arts. State-mandated content objectives are covered using curriculum compacting. Gifted competencies are emphasized with a variety of thought-provoking and creative activities such as simulations, dramatics, debates, literature, multimedia, and vocabulary study. At different times during the year students develop independent projects of their own choice, setting up their own guidelines for research and final product.
Future Problem Solving is a major curriculum focus which incorporates all the skill areas. FPS is based on the study of four different topics throughout the year, such as prison alternatives, mental health, endangered species, and robotics. Students research the topic using the most current resources. The information is applied several ways: team problem solving, scenarios, or visual arts. In team problem solving a small group reads a fuzzy situation about the topic set in the future. Then a six-step creative problem solving process is used to work through the situation. The process uses both critical and creative thinking. An FPS scenario is a short story about the topic set in the future, with a problem solving focus. An FPS visual arts project presents a problem and solution about the topic visually.
The major gifted education goals at Habersham Central High School are designed to do the following:
1) Promote critical thinking and reasoning abilities. Students will be instructed in the areas of inference, deductive and inductive reasoning, analogies, and the evaluation of arguments.
2) Foster inquiry and challenging attitudes towards learning. The student will be able to develop a commitment to learning as a lifelong process.
3) Provide an environment that encourages divergent thinking. Students will be encouraged in the development of originality, fluency, flexibility, and elaborations in their thought processes.
4) Develop high-level oral and written skills, Students will become confident in expressing ideas through class discussions, panel discussions, debates, and oral reports. And students will earn expository and creative writing skills and technical report writing.
5) Develop research skills and methods. Students will be able to understand the scientific method and in application to all areas of inquiry.
6) Develop an understanding for systems of knowledge, themes, issues, and problems that frame the external world. Students will be able to interrelate ideas within and across domains of study.
Honors 10th Literature/Composition
Carrie Zeigler; Tiffanie Murdock
Honors Accelerated Coor Alg/Geom A
Hannah Blalock, Loyce Smith, Zach Thomaswick
Honors Physical Science
Honors World History
Honors 10th Literature/Composition
Amy Tait/Ben Tanner
Honors Advanced Algebra
Krista Ivester/Caroline McFarlin
Deborah Morrison; Lacy Carter
Honors American Literature/Comp
Advanced Placement Courses
The Advanced Placement Program offers high school students an opportunity to study college-level curriculum in the high school setting. The curriculum of each class is approved by the College Board through the AP Audit Program which qualifies the AP designation on student transcripts and notifies colleges that our curriculum aligns with the College Board Course Descriptions for each course. During the month of May, students take the College Board AP Examinations. These exams are scored on the following scale:
5 Highly qualified
4 Well Qualified
2 Possibly Qualified
1 No Recommendation
More information is available at: www.collegeboard.com
AP Biology - Krista Ivester
AP Calculus AB - Dr. Martha Cantrell
AP Calculus BC - Dr. Martha Cantrell
AP Environmental Science - Kathy Miller
AP Government - Chris Akridge
AP Human Geography - Pam Broome
AP Language/AP Seminary- Dr. Rhea Galati
AP Literature/AP Seminar - Dr. Rhea Galati
AP Literature/Composition - Kelli Wills-Holland
AP Macroeconomics - Angela Nunnally
AP Spanish - Norma Garza
AP Statistics - Lacy Carter/Nikki Pittman
AP Studio Art - Dr. Amber Kerr
AP U S History - Dr. Kathleen Addison
Other AP courses are available through the Georgia Virtual School.
Move On When Ready (MOWR) Courses
Move On When Ready courses are available to qualifying students through Piedmont College, Truett McConnell College, Toccoa Falls College, Young Harris College, University of North Georgia, and North Georgia Technical College (contact a School Counselor for application information)