What is GATEWAY?

Information about the Gifted Program in Bartow County

The Bartow County School System’s Gifted And Talented Education With Accelerated Youth (GATEWAY) program serves students in grades K-12. Students identified in the GATEWAY program are provided an academically enriched and differentiated curriculum. The curricula for gifted students shall focus on developing cognitive learning, research and reference, and metacognitive skills at each grade grouping, using principles of differentiation.


The mission of gifted education is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented students by providing programs and services that accommodate their advanced learning styles. Students identified as gifted and whose participation has received parental consent shall receive services in the GATEWAY program using GaDOE approved models of instruction.


Each school has a screening committee to review test scores and other data that will aid in determining eligibility. Students who are referred for further evaluation are assessed in mental ability, achievement, motivation, and creativity. Students must meet the criteria in at least three of these four areas in order to be eligible for gifted services. The State Board of Education determines eligibility criteria for placement in the gifted program. For a summary of those criteria or for further information, please contact Mrs. O’Tinger, the GATEWAY Program teacher, at KES.