Advanced Learning

Bartow County School System offers multiple opportunities in advanced learning.  Programs promote rigorous curricular content that fosters creativity, inspires innovation, and encourages both communication and collaboration in an authentic approach to learning. 
Programs Who is eligible and what is the process? Link for more information
Gifted Education


The mission of the Bartow County Schools’ Gifted Education program is to identify, challenge, support, and inspire gifted and talented students through differentiated learning opportunities designed to meet their unique academic, social, and emotional needs.

The purpose of gifted programming is to provide gifted education services to students who have the potential for exceptional academic achievement in grades K-12.

All gifted assessments in the Bartow County School District adhere to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education. There are three steps in the process of identification and placement of students into the gifted program: referral, assessment, and determination of eligibility.

Gifted Education in BCSS
Advanced Placement (AP) 


Bartow County High Schools offer a variety of Advanced Placement courses. AP Courses are some of the most rigorous courses offered in the high school setting. They are college level courses taught by specially trained high school teachers. By taking these courses, students further develop skills such as critical thinking and time management, along with improved study habits. All of which prepare them for success in college.  An additional benefit of AP courses is that students are also able to earn college credit by earning the specified scores on the AP Exams that are administered at the end of each school year.

Governor's Honors Program (GHP)

The Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. The state level Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) Interview Event is by invitation only for state semi-finalists. The selection process begins with local school competitions in early fall.

The Bartow County School District Process:

  • Students interview at the local school level
  • Selected students interview at the system (county) level
  • County ‘winners’ complete the state application process
  • The state selects semi-finalists
  • Semi-finalists interviewed by state
  • State names finalists

Bartow County’s District level interview process is similar to the state GHP interview system and provides only one date and one format for county level interviews.  The interview process may vary based on the area of major study.

Duke TIP
The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve. Through above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, year-round learning options, residential summer programs, online courses, need-based financial aid, and original research into the needs of gifted students, we help support and nurture our students' talents. Duke TIP helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges, and celebrate their accomplishments. 

Bartow County Schools participates in the 4th – 6th Grade Talent Search as well as the 7th Grade Talent Search.

Duke TiP
U.S. Presidential Scholar
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Georgia Scholar
Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Department identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
Georgia Scholar
United States Senate Youth Program


Two student delegates and a first and second alternate will be designated by the chief school officer from each state, the District of Columbia and DoDEA by December 1 of each year.

Qualified high school juniors or seniors must show demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school and living in the state (and for these purposes the District of Columbia) that they will represent for the entire 2018–2019 academic year.

2019 Official Brochure