Gifted Program

Synthesize, Collaborate, Originate, Produce, Evaluate

The Barrow County School System serves students identified as gifted in the S.C.O.P.E. Program (Synthesize, Collaborate, Originate, Produce, and Evaluate). The S.C.O.P.E. Program provides gifted students with learning opportunities that they would not otherwise experience in the regular classroom. Within the program, students are exposed to a wide variety of studies presented at appropriate levels and pace. Gifted students receive stimulation in the areas of creative thinking and problem solving with opportunities to interact with their intellectual peers. Special instruction is offered in all schools to students identified as academically gifted.


The goals of the S.C.O.P.E. Program are to allow intellectually gifted students to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving and higher level thinking skills and apply them
  • Develop advanced research and communication skills and methods
  • Transfer learned concepts to different contexts
  • Develop and practice creative thinking, creative problem-solving skills, and creative expression
  • Participate in a variety of activities that encourage exploration in broad-based issues, themes
  • Explore GPS and CCGPS content that is extended, compacted and accelerated, and not pursued
  • Discover that the more they learn, the more they need to know
  • Develop an intrinsic desire to learn


The S.C.O.P.E. curriculum is designed to challenge students by extending/enriching and/or compacting/accelerating the Georgia Standards and includes mastery of complex systems of knowledge and development of thinking skills. Within the gifted curriculum, the students have opportunities to explore advanced content and develop products and advanced learning skills.



District-level Gifted Coordinators

Shelley Fallows

Shelley Fallows

Director of Secondary Education

Ms. Fallows has more than 20 years of educational experience where she has served as a ...

Leah McConnell

Leah McConnell

Mathematics Content Specialist, Grades 9-12

Leah McConnell serves as the high school Math Content Specialist for BCSS. Through her ...

School-level Gifted Coordinators


Elise Brewer

SCOPE/Advanced Content Teacher - HES

Chelsea Brinson

Gifted Teacher - ARES

Brooke (Elizabeth) Brown

Gifted Coordinator - YES

Tammy Brown

Gifted Teacher - AES

Tamara Conklin

Gifted Teacher - BES

Cathy Mason

Gifted (P-5) - CLES

Monica Massei

Gifted (P-5) - KES

Mindy McCage

Gifted (P-5) - HES

Derrick Seuser

Gifted (SCOPE) Teacher - BRES

Tricia Sikes

Gifted Teacher - SES

Jessica Smith

Gifted (P-5) - WES


Micaela Bernius

Sixth Grade - Language Arts- Gifted - WMS

Ashley Drake

Eighth Grade - Language Arts & Science - Gifted - RMS

Marcy Martin

Seventh Grade Language Arts - Gifted - BCMS

Becky McCoy

Eighth Grade Language Arts - Gifted- BCMS

Samantha Stroup

Gifted / Eighth Grade - Math

Paula Trueb

Gifted - Language Arts - HMMS

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Elizabeth Zirbel

Math - Gifted - RMS

High School

Dedra Cooper

Assistant Principal & Activities Director - BASA

Angela Boyd

Assistant Principal & Gifted Coordinator - AHS

Rebbie Lichliter

Assistant Principal & Gifted Coordinator (2023-2024) - WBHS | Named WBHS Principal Starting 2024-2025

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