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Hattiesburg REACH Gifted Program



Mission Statement

The mission of the Hattiesburg Public Schools REACH Gifted Program is to address the needs of intellectually gifted children and provide the necessary instructional modifications to increase these students' skills in: 
  • autonomous learning
  • creative, productive thinking 
  • metacognition 
  • developing and maintaining healthy, positive, enriching relationships 
  • developing appropriate expectations for and understanding of the self 
These instructional modifications include an environment that allows intellectually gifted children to learn from one another, a curriculum that addresses the unique characteristics and needs of the gifted by balancing cognitive and affective instruction/experiences, and a delivery system that employs multiple instructional strategies to accommodate individual learning differences. 

Who Do We Serve?

The REACH Program serves intellectually gifted students in 2nd through 6th grade.

Our Program Goals

  • Thinking Skills
  • Creativity
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy Skills
  • Problem-Solving Skills

Program Benefits

  • Learners focus on interests, strengths/weaknesses, and develop social-emotional skills. 
  • Learners develop communication skills and explore various career options. 
  • We offer a variety of opportunities to participate in advanced placement courses, our Middle College Program, Strings Program, and more. (Please see our student handbook for more details:
  • Learners receive more challenging tasks (higher-order thinking skills). 

Referral To Placement Process

  1. Referral Form: Students may be referred by a parent, counselor, administrator, teacher, peer, self, or anyone having reason to believe that the student may be intellectually gifted. 
  2. Checklist of Giftedness, Creativity, and Leadership. 
  3. Local Survey Committee (LSC) determines if a student qualifies to move on to the Assessment Phase.
  4. Parental consent for testing. 
  5. Assessment Phase: Individual IQ Test Administered.
  6. District Team determines if the student meets the criteria to be ruled eligible for the gifted program. 
  7. Parental consent for placement. 
View the HPSD Gifted Policy here

Our Team 

 Keonna Howard, Executive Director of Exceptional Children and Health Services 
Judy Ratcliff, District Psychometrist 
Kim Miller-Andrews, District Psychometrist 
Elvira Deyamport, Gifted Department Chair, and Teacher 
School: Thames
Amy Lister, Teacher
Schools: STEAM
Jerice Williams, Teacher 
Schools: Grace Christian, Hawkins, and Rowan 
For more information regarding our program, please refer to our documents on the menu to your right.