Academically Gifted and Talented Services

  • Mission
    The mission of gifted education is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented students by providing programs and services that match the unique characteristics and needs of these students.  Programs that serve identified students seek to develop talent, provide depth of study, set an appropriate pace for instruction, integrate complexity into the curriculum, and show students how to deal with issues of significance.   

    Identification Process
    Gifted and talented students are found within all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.  Identification is a multi-step process.  The state of South Carolina has established three dimensions as criteria for placement in the academically gifted program.  Students must meet the eligibility criteria in at least two of the three dimensions.

    Screening/Referral/Assessment Profile
    SC State-funded Academic Gifted and
    Talented Program


    Qualifying Test(s)
    Administered in Lexington One

    Dimension A:  Reasoning Ability

    93rd age percentile or higher nationally normed aptitude test

    CogAT (Fall)

    Dimension B:  High Achievement in

    Reading and/or/ Mathematical Areas

    94th percentile or higher nationally normed achievement tests


    Advanced  level in Reading or Math on SC Ready

    Iowa/ITBS (Fall)

    IReady (Fall and Spring)

    SC READY (Spring)

    Dimension C:  Intellectual/Academic



    Must first meet Dimension A or  B

    80% or higher  - 2nd grade
    90% or higher  - 3rd grade


    80% or higher  - 4th grade
    90% or higher  - 5th grade

    Primary Performance Tasks assessment


    Intermediate Performance Tasks Assessment


  • Special Note 

    Students are eligible for placement on the basis of aptitude scores alone if they score at or above the 96th national age percentile on the composite score of a nationally normed aptitude test.

    State Identification Program 

    The SC State-funded Academically Gifted and Talented Program requires the testing and screening of all 2nd grade students to identify those who qualify for placement in the gifted program beginning in 3rd grade.  (Note:  No private testing will be accepted for eligibility; however, those results may be considered for referral purposes.)   


    District Assessment Program 

    The Lexington One Assessment Program provides additional test results in grades 3 - 5 that are added to a student’s profile for additional eligibility screening.  These tests include: 

    • CogAT— Cognitive Abilities Test 
    • Iowa — Iowa Assessment 
    • SC READY — Standards Based/College & Career Readiness Achievement Test
    • South Carolina Performance Tasks 

    All students participate in one or more of these screening assessments annually. 



    Parents of students are notified by letter when: 

    • Qualifications are met and the student will enter the program. 
    • One dimension is met and the student will be involved in additional screening

Commitments to Our Gifted Learners

  • Personalization

  • Dedicated Teachers and Staff

  • Engaging Curriculum