Gifted & Talented Programs

QUEST

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QUEST is the Academic Gifted and Talented program at Spartanburg Preparatory School serving students in grades 3-8.
Students are either state identified and part of the full QUEST program or are participating in the Trial Placement QUEST program (grades 3-5 only).

QUEST is a pull-out model Gifted program that serves students identified as Gifted by the state of SC. Below is the breakdown of services by grade band:

  • Grades 3-5

    In grades 3-5, QUEST students spend 1 full day per week in the QUEST classroom. Students travel to specials and lunch with their grade level peers. 

    • Advanced reading
    • Advanced math
    • Nonverbal practices (Spatial and logistical reasoning)
    • STEM focus by the quarter
    • Habits of Mind and student blog
    • Mentor/Mentee program
    • CODE program
    • Social/emotional study
  • Grades 6-7

    In grades 6-7, QUEST students spend their IAT (individualized advancement team) block in the QUEST classroom daily.

    • Nonverbal practices (Spatial and logistical reasoning)
    • STEM focus by the quarter
    • Habits of Mind and student blog
    • Mentor/Mentee program
    • CODE program
    • Social/emotional study
    • Socratic Seminars
  • Grade 8

    In grade 8, QUEST students spend their IAT block on Wednesday and Thursday in the QUEST classroom. Remaining minutes of gifted services are provided during HONORS classes. 

    • Nonverbal practices (Spatial and logistical reasoning)
    • Habits of Mind and student blog
    • Mentor/Mentee program
    • Social/emotional study
    • Socratic Seminars
  • Syllabus

QUEST Program Goals

1

SPS will recognize the learning and development differences of students with academic gifts and talents both affectively and cognitively to ensure specific outcomes.

2

SPS will provide equal opportunity to students with academic gifts and talents through a non-bias referral, screening, and identification process.

3

SPS will apply the theories and best practices based on research based strategies for students with academic gifts and talents.

4

SPS will ensure a learning environment that fosters personal and social responsibility, multicultural competence, and technical communication skills for students with academic gifts and talents.

South Carolina Definition of Giftedness

‚Äč“Gifted and talented students are those who are identified in grades one through twelve as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic and/or artistic areas and therefore require educational programming beyond that normally provided by the general school programming in order to achieve their potential.”

QUEST Trial Program

SPS recognizes that there are gaps in identification and has created the QUEST Trial Placement (TP) program to fill the gaps in hopes to identify more students as full time QUEST. Students in grades 3-5 who show characteristics of giftedness or perform above average in achievement are monitored for the program. Entry into the program is by invitation and requires several measures of observation across settings. Students can spend one year or more (must qualify each year) in the QUEST TP program. These students follow the same schedule as full QUEST students with the exception of one afternoon block.  

QUEST Trial Program students spend 1 full day per week in the QUEST classroom. Students travel to specials and lunch with their grade level peers.

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