Larry Derico, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent 
for Curriculum & Instruction
706-647-9621
lderico@upson.k12.ga.us

Curriculum & Instruction

The mission of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to maximize the learning potential of all students through the development and implementation of a rigorous and appropriate curriculum, identification of effective instructional resources and strategies, and analysis of student performance data.

This website is designed to provide you with relevant information about T-U instructional programs, links to important education websites, and information that will enhance parental and community support of public education in our district .

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is committed to providing students and teachers with the tools for success.

Gifted Education

The Thomaston-Upson School System provides gifted education services to students with the potential for exceptional achievement. We recognize that gifted students have special needs and should have curriculum and instruction which is designed to accommodate their learning styles, pace, and complexities. Identification and eligibility procedures are established through guidance from the Georgia Department of Education.

The definition of students eligible for gifted education services in Georgia may be found in State Board of Education (SBOE) 160-4-2-.38 EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS [Code IDDD(2)]:

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)

 2016-17 Gifted Handbook