CogAT Testing for Kindergarten Students Starting Soon

The testing window for kindergarten students in Springfield Public Schools begins January 30, 2017 through February 17, 2017 for traditional calendar schools and February 6 through February 24, 2017 for balanced calendar schools. All kindergarten students will be given the CogAT. For more information on this assessment, click on CogAT on the left sidebar.

Welcome to Springfield Public Schools' Gifted Programs

Springfield Public Schools offers formal Gifted Programs for students in Grade 1 through Grade 8 and Honors and Advanced Placement programs for Grades 9 through Grade 12. District-wide gifted identification occurs at the kindergarten and Grade 5 levels using a combination of standardized tests, student achievement data, and parent and teacher recommendations. Additional opportunities for students and families seeking identification at other grade levels are reviewed on an individual basis. See Identification Process for more information.

Elementary Gifted Program

The elementary gifted program is housed at Iles school, a Grade 1 through Grade 5 authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Students are identified district-wide in kindergarten using a combination of standardized tests, student achievement data, and parent and teacher recommendations. Iles students engage in an accelerated curriculum using an inquiry based approach and that is differentiated to meet students’ needs. Click on Elementary Gifted Program for the Iles School website.

Middle School Gifted Programs

Springfield Public Schools offers two options for the middle school level. Students are identified district-wide for these programs at Grade 5 using a combination of standardized tests, student achievement data, and parent and teacher recommendations.

Iles School

The Iles Middle School Program is a magnet school program for students in Grade 6 through Grade 8. Iles offers a smaller school setting than the other middle schools where students engage in an accelerated and rigorous curriculum for core classes (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) as well as elective classes including classes in Chinese. Students have the potential to earn high school credit in Algebra II upon the completion of the Iles Middle School program. Click on Iles School for the Iles School website.

Franklin Middle School Gifted Program

The Franklin Middle School Gifted Program is a magnet school program that uses the school within a school model for their program. Franklin offers a larger middle school experience where students engage in an accelerated and rigorous curriculum for core classes (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) and have additional integrated options for elective courses. Students have the potential to earn high school credit in Algebra II upon the completion of the Franklin Middle School Gifted program. Click on Franklin Middle School Gifted Program for the Franklin website.

Opportunities for High School Gifted Students
High School Honors and Advanced Placement Programs

Springfield Public Schools offer Honors and Advanced Placement courses for students in Grade 9 through Grade 12 at all three high schools. Courses in the four core areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies are available to students as well as additional Honors and/or Advanced Placement courses in elective areas such as World/Foreign Language, Computer Science, and Fine Arts. Dual credit courses, where students earn college credit in high school, are also available. Click on High School Honors and Advanced Placement Programs for additional information on High School course offerings.