Gifted and Talented Education
The mission of the Exceptional Children’s Department is to provide equal access to free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) opportunities for students with disabilities. The staff aims to protect from discrimination against students with disabilities; guaranteeing access to free, appropriate public education. Special Education must meet the unique needs of the child and prepare him or her for further education and independent living.
Gifted and talented students are those who are identified in grades1-12 as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic and/or artistic areas and therefore require an educational program beyond that normally provided by the general school program in order to achieve their potential. (S.C.Regulation 43-220, Gifted and Talented)
Programming for Calhoun County’s gifted and talented includes a variety of options, including acceleration, enrichment, in-depth work in selected areas of study, and opportunities for community-based and “beyond the classroom” learning through mentorships and summer and weekend programs. Teachers who work with these learners are carefully selected and trained in gifted education used in the curriculum and provide specific, constructive feedback about growth and areas for further development.
Curriculum for gifted and talented learners is designed to be rigorous due to its level of depth and complexity. Instructional services are delivered in an environment that honors diversity in thinking, fosters inquiry, and engenders positive attitudes toward learning. Assessment strategies for gifted and talented students match the instructional approaches.
Calhoun County Public Schools offers a full continuum of special education programs and services. Services may include small group or individualized instruction, assistive technology, and rehabilitation aids such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Children may qualify for services through identification in one or more of the following areas of disability:
• Deaf and Hard of Hearing
• Developmental Delay
• Emotional Disability
• Intellectual Disability (Mild, Moderate, Severe)
• Multiple Disabilities
• Orthopedic Impairment
• Other Health Impaired
• Specific Learning Disability
• Speech or Language Impairment
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Visual Impairment
Mr. Ferlondo Tullock
Deputy Superintendent/Gifted & Talented Coordinator
Calhoun County School District