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Special Services

Title IX and 504 Coordinator
Stephanie Mitchell
2144 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080
678.370.0908

Gifted Program

The International Academy of Smyrna’s gifted program serves students who have been identified gifted under the requirements outlined by the Georgia State Department of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38.

Gifted Evaluation Process

All gifted assessments at IAS adhere to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education.  Students are evaluated in four areas:  mental abilities, achievement, creativity, and motivation.  Nationally normed tests, rating scales, and other approved measures are used as assessment instruments. In the event that a student qualifies for evaluation, a letter seeking parental consent to test will be sent home.

Determination of Gifted Eligibility

Students may qualify to receive gifted services in two ways:

Option A: A student must meet eligibility requirements in both Mental Abilities and Achievement.

  • Mental Ability: 96thpercentile (3-12) or 99th percentile (K-2) on a standardized test of mental ability – Composite Score only.
  • Achievement: 90th percentile in total battery, total reading, or total math section of a standardized achievement battery

Option B: A student must meet eligibility requirements in three of the four following areas:

  • Mental Ability: 96th percentile on a standardized test of mental ability – component or composite score
  • Achievement: 90th percentile in total battery, total reading, or total math section of a standardized achievement battery
  • Creativity: 90th percentile / 90 percent on a creativity assessment
  • Motivation: 90th percentile / 90 percent on a motivation assessment

Reciprocity

Students who have been identified as gifted in other counties in the state of Georgia will be eligible to receive gifted services at the International Academy of Smyrna upon verification of gifted eligibility.  However, there is currently no mandatory reciprocity with states and students who have been identified gifted out of state are not eligible to receive gifted services at the International Academy of Smyrna.  Scores received from assessments administered out of state can be considered for identification if they are less than two years old.

Special Education
Services (IDEA/IEP)

2019-2020 IDEA Parent Survey

Each year the Georgia Department of Education Division for Special Education Services and Supports collects information from parents as to how schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.  This information is collected through Parent Satisfaction Surveys completed by a sample of parents of students with disabilities.  Information from the surveys is reported in the state’s Annual Performance Report to the United States Department of Education.

This year the survey link will open on January 15, 2020 and will remain open until May 31, 2020. You can access the survey link using the following webpages:

 

Direct link to the 2019-2020 Parent Survey:

English for Speakers of
Other Languages (ESOL)

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is the state-funded language instruction educational program for eligible English learners (ELs) in grades K-5. ESOL language instruction is focused on developing EL students’ academic English proficiency in each content area of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). ESOL scholars are provided support English language acquisition and development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through content based instruction. The goal of the ESOL language instruction educational program for EL students is to increase both English language proficiency (ELP) and academic language proficiency in content-area subject matter.
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