• 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 

     

    The following testing information is being distributed the week of 1/19/21:

    • ITBS and COGAT Score Reports for ALL second graders

    • COGAT Score Reports for the 3rd - 5th graders who were nominated to test in December
    • Gifted Identification Status Letters for those who were fully or partially identified as gifted and talented

     

    Parents of newly identified students:

    Gifted service begins in 3rd grade. 

    Most elementary schools serve students through our SAIL pullout program, led by a gifted endorsed teacher. Your child’s SAIL teacher will reach out to initiate service by February 1. If you have questions about gifted service at your school, please reach out to your child’s school. 


     

    Due to the extended school year, and uncertainties with COVID-19, no plans have been made for Summer SAIL at this time. 

     



    ALL second graders are given the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Cognitive Abilities Test (COGAT) in October. This year, those scores will be sent home in January, 2021. 

    3rd - 5th grade students who were nominated for possible gifted and talented identification were administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (COGAT) in December. Those scores will be sent home in January, 2021. 

    6th - 12th grade students who were nominated for possible gifted and talented identification were administered the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) in November. Those scores will be sent home in January, 2021. 

    All students who take academic gifted and talented testing will receive score reports. Those who are identified as gifted will receive an additional letter with their score report explaining their identification and services.

     

  • 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 and Talented Interim Coordinator 
    elizabeth_uptegrove@charleston.k12.sc.us
    Karen Reed, Gifted and Talented Lead Teacher
    karen_reed@charleston.k12.sc.us
    Jennifer McDuffie, Gifted and Talented Lead Teacher
    jennifer_mcduffie@charleston.k12.sc.us