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Gifted and Talented/Honors Programming

What grades are eligible for Gifted and Talented/Honors Programming?
First through sixth grade


How are students identified for Gifted and Talented/Honors Programming?
Throughout the school year, OCS employs a combination of standardized test scores (DCAS, MAP), report card grades, portfolio assessment, and teacher recommendations for selection in gifted and talented programming.


How does Odyssey Charter School support its Gifted and Talented/Honors students?
In first through sixth grades, gifted and talented programming is provided throughout the academic day in both “push in” and “pull out” sessions. Students identified for gifted and talented services will receive differentiated instruction in both their core and Greek Language classes to extend and deepen their understanding and expression of grade-level and above grade-level standards and learning outcomes. Students also receive supplemental enrichment options to extend and deepen learning opportunities. These enrichment activities will occur within the regular education classroom, as well as in special enrichment class periods.

Gifted and Talented students participate in such educational activities as Odyssey of the Mind, Math Olympiad, Noetic Learning Math Challenge, Scripts Spelling Bee, and Charter Challenge. Families also have the option to participate in John Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth Talent Search for enrichment activities beyond the school day.

In sixth grade, gifted and talented students may participate in Honors-level English Language Arts and Math courses. These yearlong courses are co-taught by both a regular education teacher as well as a teacher specifically trained in gifted and talented education. OCS is establishing a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society to support middle school students’ academic achievement and co-curricular activities.



For information on program implementation,
please contact Denise Parks, Assistant Headmaster.