Best Practices in Gifted Education


Testing Event for Potential CTC Students

Registration due by noon on Tuesday, 10/22.

Download the CTC Testing Registration Form

There are many inquiries about how students are chosen to attend the Charles Townes Center for highly gifted student, located within Sterling School. The criteria can be found on our website.

Many private schools in our area do not administer nationally-normed aptitude tests along with an achievement test. For that reason, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, there will be an opportunity for students who reside in Greenville County and attend home or private schools to take an aptitude test. If your child has already taken an aptitude test or if his/her school administers this testing within the past two years, it is not necessary for your child to participate. You may just submit those test results to Jane Snyder via email.

Because candidates for CTC must first qualify as Gifted and Talented by SC Regulation 43-220, we will administer an aptitude test on Tuesday, October 29th. Upon reviewing data from this testing event, we will determine if other testing or information is necessary for your child.

Please print the Registration Form and send it to Jane Snyder via scan/email or faxjsnyder@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864-355-9042 by noon on Tuesday, October 22nd. Please return a form for each child that you wish to have tested. Students and parents will check in at the school office and assemble in the Media Center at Sterling School by 9:00 am on 10/22/18. Students will be tested in grade level groups. Please have each child bring 2 pencils for testing. Allow two and one-half hours for your child’s testing which includes breaks for them. If you feel that your child needs to have a snack for one of the breaks, please send it in an individual package. During the testing, parents may participate in a tour given by CTC personnel. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions, too! If your child has already taken testing that could help them to qualify for CTC, please bring copies of those results to the testing event. These copies will not be returned to you.

For further information, you may contact Jane Snyder by email at jsnyder@greenville.k12.sc.us(best way to communicate!) or by phone at 355-4821.


Yearbooks 2019-2020

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Elementary Yearbook deadline May 1st.


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