Referral & Eligibility

Gifted qualifications are set forth by GaDOE guidelines and implemented in accordance with specific Georgia Cyber Academy program criteria. Once a student is qualified in the state of Georgia for the Gifted program, he or she will not have to retest. Gifted testing takes place in the 2nd semester of each academic year. For the 2023-2024 school year, student referrals will be accepted Thursday, January 4, 2024, through Friday, January 19, 2024. During this period, a pop-up window will appear on this webpage for all referrals to be submitted. 


Step 1:

  • Suggested Referral: A student is referred for consideration by teachers, counselors, administrators, or parent/guardians with knowledge of student’s academic abilities


  • Automatic Referral: Students who score at specified levels on nationally norm-referenced tests

Step 2:

  • Eligibility Team: The eligibility team uniformly considers information collected on student referrals.  The team decides if it is appropriate to proceed with formal evaluation.

Step 3:

If the Eligibility team decided that it is appropriate to proceed:

  • Formal Evaluation: Student is referred for Gifted Education in Mental Ability, Achievement, Creativity, and Motivation

If the Eligibility team decided that additional evaluation is not needed:

  • Not Eligible: General Education

Step 4:

  • Eligibility Team: Reviews assessment results and makes recommendation
    • if Eligible: Gifted Services Recommendation
    • if Not Eligible: General Education



If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Marchele Nelson

Marchele Nelson
Assistant Director, Advanced & Gifted