Tell me more about Cobb County’s Target Program

What is Target?

Target is Cobb County’s Advanced Learning Program for gifted students.  In elementary school, students attend Target as a pullout program one day each week.  The program is designed to meet the very specific needs of these students and extend competencies in the areas of cognitive skills, learning skills, research and reference skills, communication skills, and metacognitive skills beyond the experience of the regular classroom.

How does a student become eligible for Target?

Eligibility may be established in one of two ways:

  • Option A: The student must meet eligibility requirements in both Mental Abilities and Achievement:
    • Mental Ability: 99th percentile (K-2) or 96th percentile (3-12) 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: The student must meet eligibility requirements in three of the four following areas:
    • Mental Ability: 96th percentile on a standardized test of mental ability –approved 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 evaluation OR for grades 9-12 only, a GPA equivalent to a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

When are children tested for the Target program?

All first, third and fifth grade students are evaluated; no referrals are necessary.

What is the Target Curriculum?

The Target curriculum includes a more elaborate, complex, and in-depth study of major ideas, problems, and themes than would ordinarily be available in the regular classroom.  The curriculum is based on Cobb County’s gifted standards and is focused on the following themes: Critical Thinking, Convergent Thinking, Algebraic Thinking, Divergent Thinking, Evaluative Thinking, Relationships and Connections, Communication, Collaboration, Self-Reflection, Respect for Others, and Self-Directed Learner. Gifted curriculum meets Georgia Performance Standards while providing differentiated curriculum based on the assessed needs of the students.

Where can I find more detailed information?

There are informative videos on both gifted characteristics and the eligibility process at the following site: Advanced Learning Program Resources