• Mission

    The mission of gifted education is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented students by providing programs and services that match the unique characteristics and needs of these students.

    Program Goals

    • Provide differentiated curriculum at a pace and complexity appropriate for gifted learners
    • Provide opportunities to develop skills of critical and creative thinking and problem solving 
    • Provide guidance in research and independent studies

    Program Model

    Students in grades three through eight, who have been identified as academically gifted, receive services using the state-approved special class or pull-out class model.

    These students are served in language arts and/or math. 

    Both program models reflect acceleration and enrichment opportunities through differentiated instruction that is over and beyond the core curriculum. Gifted and talented instruction does include higher-order thinking skills to expand the state standards.


    Gifted Students: Who are They?

    The following description of the identification process reflects the South Carolina definition of gifted and talented and is in keeping with the National Excellence Report (1995) which states:

    Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkable high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.

    These children and youth exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields. They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools.

    Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. 

    Characteristics of Gifted Students

    • Learn easily and rapidly
    • Think clearly, recognize implied relationships and comprehend meanings
    • Read above grade level
    • Retain information read without appearing to need much rote or drill
    • Possess a large vocabulary
    • Exhibit independence, individualism, and self-sufficiency
    • Demonstrate a curious and investigative nature
    • Ask penetrating, searching questions
    • Focus intently on areas of interest
    • Produce original products or ideas
    • Prefer complex ideas

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