• Gifted and Talented

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

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

  • Elizabeth McLaurin Uptegrove
    Interim Gifted and Talented Coordinator

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

  • News 

    Performance Task Assessment (PTA) results will be sent home starting the week of May 26th. Individual schools are sending a GT status letter and score report for all students who took the assessment. These will be sent electronically, in packet pick ups, and via mail depending on the school. For method of delivery for specific schools, click here.


    Due to uncertainties and concerns with the spread of COVID-19, the District has made the decision to cancel our summer programs scheduled for June 2020. These programs include the SMAART and Summer SAIL Camps. The District may choose to hold alternate programming toward the end of the summer to address making up for lost instruction for students during this second semester. However, these programs will be separate from our cancelled summer instruction.

    At this time there is no alternative plan for offering a replacement for our summer programs. However, should this change, your summer program’s coordinator will communicate with you.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your understanding as we work to keep everyone well and safe. Registration and transportation payments that parents/guardians have made for summer programs will be refunded in a timely manner. No action is necessary on your part regarding a refund, as these will be processed as soon as possible. Funds paid online will be refunded to the credit card used to make the payment. Funds paid by check will be refunded by check and mailed to the address on file.

    For any questions about this decision, please contact Elizabeth Uptegrove at elizabeth_uptegrove@charleston.k12.sc.us. Thank you for your interest in our summer programs, and we wish you well during this difficult time.


    All SAIL teachers have established a Google or SeeSaw Classroom for the purpose of communicating class content to continue instruction while schools are closed. In order to connect to the online classrooms, please email your child's teacher. You can find a list of email addresses under Meet the Team.



  • 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
    Room 300 
    721 Wappoo Road
    Charleston, SC 29407

    Roshunda Altman
    Department Secretary
    (843) 937-6533 

    We want to hear from you! Call us at (843) 402-7836. Office Fax: (843) 402-7835

    Karen Reed, Gifted and Talented Lead Teacher
    Jennifer McDuffie, Gifted and Talented Lead Teacher