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Gifted and Talented Program in Aiken County Public Schools

  The Aiken County Public Schools serve identified gifted and talented students according to State Regulation R-43-220 and the policies of the local School Board. Gifted and Talented students are those identified in grades 3-12 as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic or artistic areas.   The Gifted and Talented Educational Program (G/T) serves academically gifted students in grades 3-12 throughout the school year.  Gateway serves artistically gifted students in grades 3-12 in a summer program. 

  Academically gifted students qualify for the Gifted and Talented Educational Program if they meet the criteria set forth in the regulations and meet two of following three dimensions. Identification is done at the local school, but may be appealed to the District Evaluation/Placement Team.  Private testing may be used for referral purposes only according to state regulations, but not for identification.  Parents, teachers and students may make student referrals to the program through the school’s G/T teacher or the school’s guidance counselor.

  Dimension A: Reasoning Abilities.  Students must demonstrate high aptitude (93rd national age percentile or above) in one or more of these areas: verbal/linguistic, quantitative/mathematical, non-verbal, and/or composite of the three.  All students are tested in grade 2 to measure aptitude during fall testing using the CogAT test.

  Dimension B: High Achievement in Reading and/or Mathematical Areas.  Students must demonstrate high achievement (94th national percentile and above or advanced status) in reading and/or math as measured by nationally normed test, fall MAP testing or South Carolina statewide assessment instruments.  All second grade students are tested during fall testing using the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.  Students in grades 3-8 are PASS tested yearly in the spring. 

  Dimension C:  Intellectual/Academic Performance.  Students must demonstrate a high degree of interest in and commitment to academic and/or intellectual pursuits.  Students entering grades 7-12 meet this dimension if they demonstrate a 3.75 grade point average in language arts, math, science, social studies and foreign language.  Students entering grades 3-6 demonstrate this dimension through a performance task assessment administered to students meeting one of the two Dimensions ( A or B) as given above. This performance assessment is given in the spring of each year district-wide.

  Instruction in Gifted and Talented Educational Program classes exceeds the state standards for each grade level.  The resource room model is used in grades 3-7 and the subject-based model is used in grades 8-12.

  Artistically gifted students must apply for the Gateway program during the school year and complete the interview and audition process.  The summer program serves qualified students.

  The Aiken County Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic or racial background, religious beliefs, sex, disability, economic or social conditions, alienage, national origin, immigrant status (except as limited or restricted by certain visa qualifications set forth in federal law) or by English-speaking status in, or employment in, its programs and activities.  Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Associate Superintendent for Administration (641-2609).

  For more information on the Gifted and Talented Educational Program, contact your school principal or Michele Conner (641-2490).