• Gifted and Talented - Academic

  • Lashawna Rivers LaShawna Rivers
    Director of Instructional Programs
    Gifted and Talented Instructional Programs

    75 Calhoun Street
    Learning Services
    Charleston, SC 29401

  • Elizabeth McLaurin Uptegrove
    Instructional Program Coordinator
    Gifted & Talented | Magnet & Choice

    75 Calhoun Street
    Learning Services
    Charleston, SC 29401
    843-402-7836 (p)843-937-6484 (p)


    The CCSD Gifted and Talented Department serves students who are identified as ACADEMICALLY gifted and talented. If you have questions about the identification and service of students who are ARTISTICALLY gifted and talented, please visit the CCSD Visual and Performing Arts page

  • News  

    PTA Testing Results

    PTA results have been received in the district for students who were eligible and took this assessment earlier this spring. Our department is now processing these results to distribute throughout the district. Score reports and accompanying gifted identification status letters are scheduled to come home the week of 5/23/22

    Summer SAIL Program Announcement 

    Summer SAIL FAQ  Preguntas de Summer SAIL

    For all details and registration, please see our Summer SAIL tab.

    Summer SAIL is designed to be a fun, interactive, academically challenging summer learning experience for ACADEMICALLY gifted learners. Students who are identified as ARTISTICALLY gifted and talented should consider the Summer SMAART Program sponsored by the Fine Arts Department

    Summer SAIL Dates: June 8-28, 2022

    Location: James B. Edwards Elementary (this year only)

    Participation Fee: $450.00

    Bus transportation will be available for an additional $100.

    Registration is open to students who are identified as Gifted and Talented - ACADEMIC, and is first come, first served. 

    Registration opens March 14, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. See the Summer SAIL tab. for the registration link.



    Fall and Spring MAP Scores (Reading and Math) are continuously monitored as part of the gifted identification process (Dimension B - Achievement). If your child was partially identified - in need of Dimension B or C, they may have achieved gifted and talented identification through their MAP scores. They will receive this notification along with the Performance Task Assessment score report distribution.

    Important Notes about Gifted Identification

    Students need to meet the criteria for gifted identification in 2 of the 3 Dimensions (A, B, or C). Once a child meets two dimensions, their identification will remain with them throughout their K-12 education in South Carolina public schools. Future non-qualifying scores will not impact their identification.



  • Gifted and Talented

    Gifted and Talented fosters in each student a desire for excellence, compassion for others, and a sense of individual responsibility to self, the school, the community and a changing society. 

    How We Directly Support Schools

    • Challenge and stimulate the Academically Gifted and Talented student.
    • Assist in delivering a teaching approach that enriches and accelerates the learning of core content according to the state’s curriculum standards
    • Provide on-going professional development in gifted and talented curriculum and teaching strategies
    • Provide support (mentoring, PD) for teachers, administrators, parents, and the communities of CCSD

    Our Core Services

    • Identifying and placing all CCSD academically Gifted and Talented students in grades 3-12 according to the mandated specifications of the Education Improvement Act of South Carolina (Regulation 43-220)
    • Providing each Gifted and Talented child opportunities for intellectual stimulation through group interaction with others of similar academic abilities and a curriculum of experiences and activities outside the limits of the regular classroom
    • Empowering each gifted child to recognize and fully utilize his or her specific unique talents and to strive for excellence while contributing to self and others


    Contact Us

    Gifted and Talented Office 
    St. Andrews Campus
    721 Wappoo Road
    Charleston, SC 29407


    Call us at (843) 402-7836. Office Fax: (843) 402-7835

    Elizabeth Uptegrove, Gifted & Talented Coordinator 
    elizabeth_uptegrove@charleston.k12.sc.us | 843-937-6484
    Karen Reed, Gifted & Talented Lead Teacher: Coaching & Compliance 
    karen_reed@charleston.k12.sc.us |843-402-7836
    Jennifer McDuffie, Gifted & Talented Lead Teacher: Technology &  Communications
    jennifer_mcduffie@charleston.k12.sc.us | 843-402-7824
    Flashette Johnson, Gifted and Talented Secondary Lead Teacher
    flashette_johnson@charleston.k12.sc.us | 843-402-7877
    Corrie Glover, Talent Development Lead Teacher
    corrie_glover@charleston.k12.sc.us | 843-402-7878