Gifted & Talented and Honors
SPS has implemented an Honors program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The Honors program includes small group, advanced instruction in English Language Arts & Mathematics. Criteria for entry are based on student benchmarks, classroom performance, and teacher recommendation.
To be eligible for participation in Middle School honors credit classes for either English/Language Arts (ELA) and/or Mathematics, students must have achieved a percentage grade of at least 90% for that subject on the final report card of the previous school year.
In order for a student to remain in an individual honors class during the school year, they must maintain at least a 90% average. A review for continued honors class eligibility will be conducted at the end of each nine week grading period.
A student may be placed on academic probationary status for honors classes if their grade falls below 90% during any nine week grading period. If, at the end of the following nine week period, their grade falls below 90%, they are subject to losing honors credit for the class taken. For math, this may require a classroom reassignment.
Students enrolled in honors credit classes should expect a more challenging workload than students enrolled in traditional classes at Spartanburg Prep.
Gifted and Talented Program at SPS
The goal of the Gifted and Talented Program is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented learners by providing educational experiences that work to support, extend, and accelerate the learners’ understanding beyond the objectives of the classroom standards at SPS.
The South Carolina State Board of Education recognizes the need to provide gifted education services to identified students in grades 1-12. Gifted and talented students are those who are identified in grades 1-12 as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic and/or artistic areas. These students require an educational program beyond that normally provided by the general school program in order to achieve their potential.
Each school year, the State Department of Education provides testing for students in grade two to determine their eligibility for Gifted and Talented Programs. The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), an achievement test, and The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), and aptitude test, are administered. As soon as results are available, parents are notified of their child’s performance on these tests.
Beginning in 3rd Grade, students who meet the state criteria may be placed in the academically gifted and talented program at SPS. This is a pull-out program during the IAT period held daily.
Teachers are assigned to GT classes each year based on number of qualified students. Elementary students are taught in classes with a teacher-pupil ratio of 1 to 20 or less. At the middle school level, the class is served by a teacher-pupil ratio of 1 to 25 or less.
Curriculum Goals & Objectives:
- To support mastery of core areas of learning at a pace and depth appropriate for gifted and talented learners
- To develop an understanding of the concepts, themes, and issues which are fundamental to the disciplines and an appreciation for interrelationships among the disciplines
- To develop independent learning skills
- To develop critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills To develop effective communication skills To develop creative expression and aesthetic valuing
SPS serves Gifted and Talented Students to challenge them with rigorous, complex work and research. Gifted students may demonstrate high performance ability or potential in academic areas.
Students must meet the state criteria before being placed in the GT program. Identification in academic areas will be made using multiple criteria. Students who meet the criteria in two of the three dimensions are eligible for placement. All students currently in the program will continue to be served.
Students may qualify automatically with an extremely high aptitude or IQ score at 96th percentile or higher for their age group. If students do not qualify solely on aptitude, this process will be used for screening:
- In Dimension A - Reasoning Abilities Students must demonstrate high aptitude (93rd national age percentile or above) in one or more of these areas: verbal, nonverbal, quantitative and/or a composite of the three.
- In Dimension B - Academic Achievement Students must demonstrate high achievement (94th national percentile and above or advanced status) in reading and/or math as measured by a nationally normed or South Carolina statewide assessment instruments.
- In Dimension C - Intellectual/Academic Performance Students must demonstrate a high degree of interest in and commitment to academic and/or intellectual pursuits, or demonstrate intellectual characteristics such as curiosity/inquiry, reflection, persistence/tenacity in the face of challenge and creative, productive thinking. Rising third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students may be eligible for individual screening if they have already met the criteria in Dimension A or Dimension B. Beginning with grade 7, students must have a 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale to meet the criteria in Dimension C.
Students must meet the criteria in two of these three dimensions to participate in the Gifted and Talented Program.
Results of private testing will not be accepted for placing students in the program.
The GT Program at SPS is implemented in addition to the goals and objectives in our Charter.
Please see the following links for Syllabi in the GT Program.
If you have any questions about the Gifted and Talented Program at SPS, please contact your student’s GT teacher, or Kristin White, Assistant Principal at SPS.