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No private testing will be accepted for eligibility, but those results may be considered for referral purposes. Parents are notified by letter when a student qualifies for the gifted program. Those students who are referred, evaluated, and do not qualify are also notified by mail.
Students in grade five, who have been identified as academically gifted, are served in the area of their strength in either an AGP content class for reading and/or math instruction daily. Students in grade 3 and 4 are served in either an AGP content class for reading and/or math instruction or in an AGP resource classroom once a week. Both the content model and the resource room model offer intensive activities geared toward advanced learning in the curriculum through the state core curriculum standards and beyond with state-mandated standards for gifted and talented students.
Escolares Academy at Harbison West Elementary School is a full-day gifted program for academically gifted elementary students. Students who apply to the program are admitted based on the results of a weighted profile.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Students in grades six through eight are served through honors classes in reading/language arts and mathematics, and in some schools, students are given the opportunity to participate in honors science and social studies classes. Students who meet the criteria for placement into these classes are served in the area(s) of their academic strength(s). These subjects are accelerated and taught with greater rigor, depth, and complexity. Those students who desire more extensive gifted services may choose to participate in after school activities such as Mock Trial or other competitions.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Academically gifted and talented students in grades nine through twelve who meet the requirements of the selected program may participate in honors classes or advanced placement courses such as English, art, statistics, foreign languages, chemistry and calculus. Programs for gifted learners include STEM at Dutch Fork High School, International Baccalaureate at Irmo High School and Academic Leadership Academy at Chapin High School. Students may also participate in a variety of other academic activities such as Mock Trial, Model UN, Science Team and/or Math Team. These opportunities vary at each high school.
For specific information regarding the programs in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, contact:
Tami Richardson, Coordinator of Gifted Programs
Wanda Jenkins, Assistant