Charles Townes Center

The Charles Townes Center serves 3rd - 8th grades, 75 kids per grade level. Students are chosen from a three-tiered criteria designed to identify highly gifted students.


To support an excellent education for our students we believe:
    Students of exceptionally high intellectual potential do not simply learn faster, they often learn in a qualitatively different way; they deserve appropriate rigor, complexity, and depth in what they learn, as well as opportunities to demonstrate significant academic and intellectual growth,
    Fostering a love of learning is a shared enterprise among home, school, community and student and that we will communicate openly and work together to support the intellectual curiosity and active participation by students in managing their learning,
    Students will obtain personal academic growth through self-evaluation of their approach to learning,
    Self-esteem, honesty, fairness, respect, empathy, integrity, and cooperation are essential in our dealings with one another,
    We should offer our students opportunities for service, leadership, appreciation of cultural diversity, creative expression, and activities that enrich their learning.


The Charles Townes Center is designed to have a capacity of 75 students per grade for grades three through eight. The selection process mirrors procedures outlined in Regulation 43-220 of the SC Code of Laws.  This process ensures that all children have equal access to Gifted and Talented programs within The School District of Greenville County.  Initial entry into the Center at the third grade is based on three student performance dimensions…reasoning ability as measured by nationally standardized aptitude assessments, achievement as measured by nationally standardized assessments, and classroom performance as a composite of four authentic student performance measures.  The student must meet the criteria in two of the three dimensions in order to qualify for admission to the Center.