• Spectrum/Gifted Services

    Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School
    Spectrum Program Description

    Delivery Model

    Gifted students at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School will be served through a combination of advanced content, collaborative, and cluster models. Based on their performance levels in the areas of mathematics and language arts, gifted students may be grouped for advanced instruction in one or both of these content areas. In addition, an endorsed gifted collaborator provides instruction and assists regular classroom teachers in planning a challenging, differentiated curriculum for gifted students in science and social studies. Eighth-grade students may also have the opportunity to take Spanish I, a high school level course, upon meeting placement criteria.


    Curriculum Focus

    Curriculum in the gifted program will be an advanced augmentation of the CCSD core curriculum in literature, language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics.

    Exact schedules and course offerings vary somewhat by grade. Your child’s instructional program will be described to you in detail at the beginning of each school year.


    Opportunities for Gifted/Advanced Learners at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School

    Academic Bowl

    The PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades inspires students to excel academically through high achievement and a competitive team spirit. Our students participate in the regional competition in January. Students prepare for months leading up to the initial competition, working with coaches to develop academic strength as both individuals and as a team.



    Beta Club

    Students at Burney-Harris-Lyons who meet academic achievement criteria are invited to join The National Beta Club. The National Beta Club promotes ideas of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership. As a member of Beta Club, our students are recognized for their achievements and afforded many rewarding opportunities to broaden their horizons and pursue academic goals.



    Future City

    “The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.”



    Geography Bee

    Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. All of our gifted and advanced students are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.



    Beta Club
    CCSD Technology Fair
    Chess Club
    Math Counts
    MLK Writing Contest
    Model UN
    MYP Community Project and Personal Project
    Optimist Club of Athens Oratorical Contest
    Science Olympiad
    Social Studies Fair
    Spelling Bee
    Young Georgia Authors Contest

    Contact Ms. Jamie Hogan or Mr. Alex Holman for more information about getting your student involved in these enriching and challenging opportunities!