Houston County School District

Gifted & Talented Education Department

About Our Program

The Houston County School System is committed to the belief that each student has a right to receive an education based on their individual needs. Gifted students are entitled to a differentiated curriculum consisting of courses of study in which the content, teaching strategies and expectations of student mastery are appropriately modified to further develop students’ strengths and provide them with the opportunities to reach their fullest potential. In accordance with this philosophy, Houston County School System uses the Advanced Content model for gifted students in grades K-12.

Gifted Program Philosophy

In agreement with Georgia Board of Education’s philosophy and in accordance with Houston County’s mission to “produce high achievement for all through continuous growth,” the Houston County Gifted Program recognizes the differentiated needs of gifted-identified students by providing opportunities designed to accelerate, enrich, and extend their learning experiences. Learning is enhanced through the use of materials, tasks, and experiences differentiated in environment, content, process, and/or product.


Gifted Program Mission

Our mission is to identify, serve, and support exceptional students.


Gifted Program Vision

Our vision is for exceptional students to be successful in life. 


Gifted Program Values

~Education provides an opportunity for all individuals to reach their fullest potential.

~All students have a right to educational experiences that challenge their individual development.

~Differentiated instruction (environment, content, process, product) provides accelerated, enriched, and extended instruction that enhances learning and maximizes student potential. 

~Stimulating and expanding our students intellectual and cultural horizons prepares them for leadership roles in a global community. 

~Meeting the emotional and social needs of our students is vital to their success. 

Gifted Elementary
Gifted Middle School
Honors/Advanced Content High School

Parent Resources

Gifted Teachers of the Year


Houston County Education Assistance Fund ~ on behalf of Manoj H. Shah Family

Elementary School Awards & Recognitions

ABowl ES County Champs

2022 - 2023 District Level

Academic Bowl Champions

Bonaire Elementary School  

Oratorical Contest


Sixteen fifth-graders from our gifted and talented education classes competed in the Elementary School Oratorical Contest on March 3, 2023, at the central office in Perry.

Congratulations to the 2023 top orators:

*1st place - Julianne Young, Bonaire Elementary, Coach Maggie Angel

*2nd place - Jayvian Broaddus, Russell Elementary, Coach Amy Materne

*3rd place - Finn Edwards III, David Perdue Elementary, Coaches Hayley Sikes and Priscilla Woodard.

Two students also received Honorable Mentions:

*Marcus Taylor, Matt Arthur Elementary, Coach Peaches Tankersley

*Declan Phelps, Langston Road Elementary, Staci Miller.
orators 2023

High School Awards & Recognitions


The 2023 STAR Students and Teachers for Houston County School District are:

Perry High School: Gentry Arnette and Dr. Dawn Knapek


Veterans High School: Leif Horn and Mrs. Megan Jones


Warner Robins High School: Daiven Abram and Mrs. Cynthia Thomas


Northside High School: Lillian Lin and Mrs. Patricia Ogletree and Matthia Druhl and Mr. Sidney Littlefield (not pictured)


Houston County High School:(not pictured) Seojin Choi and Mr. James Brock

Congratulations to the STAR Student System Winners: Matthias Druhl and Lillian Lin

The Chambers presented each STAR Student a certificate and $100. Their STAR Teachers also received a certificate and gift.

STAR Group
Star 1
Star 2
Star 3
Star 4

Middle School Awards & Recognitions

ABowl County Champs

2022 - 2023 District Level

Academic Bowl Champions

Mossy Creek Middle School

Summer Enhancement 2023 Information

More than 500 Houston County gifted and honor roll students will be kicking off their summer break by participating in the Summer Enhancement program offered through the Houston County Board of Education. Students in grades third through sixth have the chance to take courses that are not offered during the regular school year.

We offer courses such as music technology, archery, baseball, cake decorating, Greek mythology, medieval times, multimedia journalism, drama and so much more. The summer enhancement program provides not only fun courses, but courses that may peak the students interest in their future careers.

The limited number of slots for summer enhancement means they will fill up very quickly. Applications for summer enhancement, for students who meet the above criteria, go home at the end of March/beginning of April and slots for courses are filled using a lottery system. 

This year's Summer Enhancement is tuition based, $200.00 per participant.

Students will be able to attend two courses this summer. Each course will last for 10 days.

Contact Us:

Houston County Board of Education

Teaching and Learning, Building C

1100 Main Street

Perry, Georgia 31069

(478) 988-6200

Lori Deleon
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