What is Gifted and Talented?
The South Carolina State Board of Education recognizes the need to provide gifted education services to identified students in grades 1-12. The purpose of the gifted and talented program is to provide appropriate educational services to students from all cultural and ethnic groups across all economic strata who perform or show the potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their same age, experience, and environment. Emphasis is placed on equity of access for all students.
Districts are required to provide services for all gifted and talented students at the elementary and secondary levels. The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) provides an aptitude and an achievement assessment for this purpose.
In providing services to meet the needs of the gifted students, the district ensures compliance with all South Carolina state regulations governing the identification procedures of potentially gifted students. Curriculum and instruction is consistent with that defined by current South Carolina regulations governing the operation of state-funded gifted and talented programs and the South Carolina Best Practices Manual.