Excel (Gifted Program)

Teacher: Susan Pierce                Email: susan.pierce@murray.k12.ga.us        


Gifted Student- a student who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities ( SBOE Rule 160-4-2-.38, p.1)


Gifted Referral Form




  • Gifted students will develop advanced research skills and methods. Curriculum for gifted students should allow for the in-depth knowledge of self-selected topics within the area of study.
  • Gifted students will develop and practice creative thinking and creative problem solving skills with a variety of complex topics within the area of study.
  • Gifted students will develop and practice critical thinking and logical problem-solving skills in the pertinent academic area.
  • Gifted students will develop advanced communication skills. Curriculum for gifted students should encourage the use of new techniques, materials, and formats in the development of products that will be shared with real audiences.
  • Gifted students will develop an understanding of self and how their unique characteristics may influence the actions with others.

Our Program

The Elementary Gifted Program is aligned to Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and supports the Curriculum Standards for Gifted Students as outlined by the Georgia Resource Manual for Gifted Educational Services.  These standards are the foundation for all gifted program curriculum development and translate into the program's goals and objectives.  Through these goals, the students will develop and practice the following:


A. Productive Thinking Processes

1.  Creative thinking

2.  Critical thinking

3.  Problem solving

4.  Leadership and/or decision making


B. Research and Reference Processes

1.  Planning

2.  Finding information

3.  Evaluating information

4.  Using and/or interpreting information


C.  Communication

1.  Group dynamics

2.  Discussion skills

3.  Listening skills

4.  Visual, spoken, and/or written forms of expression


D.  Reflective Thinking Processes

1.  Intellectual curiosity

2.  Persistence

3.  Responsibility

4.  Self-control and respect with ideas and actions

5.  Quality work and/or ideas

6.  Independent and/or productive work habits


Online and computer tools, using trade books, encyclopedias, library books, and the internet, will be used extensively in class while working on units of study.  In order for students to complete classroom work and/or projects, the following materials will be needed in class each day:

  • Pencil Box       
  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils and Markers
  • A Zip drive/Jump drive/Thumb drive to save work done on a computer in class


Thank you and I look forward to a great school year!


Susan Pierce

Excel Teacher

Program for Gifted Students