The date for Summer Testing is July 23, 2020. Families have until Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm to sign up for the test. All students testing on this day will be REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK and all social distancing guidelines will be in place on this day. More information about testing times will be emailed to all familes after July 9, 2020.
Summer testing for Gifted Instruction is for families who are considering the Springfield Public Schools Gifted Programs (Iles Elementary/Middle School and/or Franklin Middle School) as an option for their student. This opportunity is for students who live outside the Springfield Public Schools attendance boundaries, students who attend private or parochial schools or SPS 186 students who missed their opportunity to test or are in grades that are not universally screened. SPS 186 provides universal screening for SPS 186 students who are in kindergarten and 5th grade.
As of now, there are still opportunities for Summer Testing for your student to be considered for Gifted Instruction. In accordance with the Governor's Shelter-in- Place plan, we have cancelled the June 9, 2020 testing date. The other opportunity for testing on July 23, 2020. Sign up for the July 23, 2020 testing opportunity will close on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Please be advised that Springfield Public School District will continue to follow all guidance as set forth by the Governor and State Superintendent. This date is subject to change as well. Please continue to check the Gifted Instruction Web page for any updated information. Please click on the link below to register your student for summer testing opportunites.
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.
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.
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
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.