The State of South Carolina has established three dimensions of giftedness as criteria for placement in the academically gifted program. In order to qualify for placement in gifted and talented programs, students must meet the eligibility criteria in two of the three dimensions.
Parents, with students who have demonstrated ability or potential for academic excellence, may refer their child(ren) for screening by completing a referral form that is available at local school offices or by clicking the link below. Administrators and teachers may also refer students. Referral forms are due annually on dates listed in the GT brochure (linked below) and in the CSD Event Calendar.
Screening will begin in the fall and continue throughout the school year. Students who participate in screening and are eligible for gifted and talented services will be placed the following school year.
Letters will be mailed to students who qualify in late June/early July.
All second grade students will participate in census testing for the purpose of identification for the academically gifted program. This testing will take place in the fall. No referrals are necessary for second grade students unless they move into the district after the fall testing.
Dimension B – Achievement – Students must score 94% or higher on reading comprehension and/or mathematical concepts and problem solving on a nationally-normed achievement test. Students achieve a qualifying score in reading and/or math on the ACT Aspire assessment.
Dimension C - Academic Performance – In grades 3-6, students must achieve a qualifying score on performance tasks. In grades 6-12, GPA (grade point average) is reviewed in the core content areas using 3.75 on a 4.0 scale as a qualifying score.
Students who meet the eligibility criteria in two of the three dimensions are eligible for gifted and talented services. Aptitude test results alone can qualify a student for placement (see Dimension A above).
Parents are notified by letter when a student qualifies for gifted services.
All parents and students in grades 2-7 annually receive a GT informational brochure in August or September. See link below for the brochure.