September 02, 2016

Horizons Referrals

The Horizons program is designed to meet the needs of academically gifted and talented students in Spartanburg District Six. Horizons classes emphasize the use of higher level critical and creative thinking skills in an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Based on intellectual abilities and achievement, students may be referred by teachers, parents, other adults, students, or themselves for identification as a participant in the program. Placement is determined by meeting state-mandated criteria in at least two out of three dimensions.

All students in Grade 2 will receive group-administered aptitude tests (Dimension A) in November 2016 and March 2017 and an achievement test (Dimension B) in November 2016 as part of the screening process. Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5, who are referred for academically gifted and talented identification, will participate in a group-administered aptitude test (Dimension A) in November 2016 and in achievement tests (Dimension B) throughout the school year.

If a student meets the required minimum standard of 93rd percentile in Dimension A (Verbal, NonVerbal, Quantitative, or Composite) or the minimum standard of 94th percentile in (Reading or Math) in Dimension B, but not in both Dimensions, the student will participate in Dimension C (Star Performance Tasks) in February 2017. Parents of those students who are referred as well as parents of those students who are identified for Horizons will receive final notification of the results of the identification process in June 2017.

Referrals for students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 are due by Friday, October 14, 2016
, and can be obtained from the guidance counselor at the student’s school or by calling the Spartanburg District Six Office, 576-4212, ext. #4341. A referral form is not needed for students in Grade 2 since all second-graders are automatically screened as part of the district’s testing program.
Click HERE for a parent referral form.

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