Kindergarten CogAT testing for students who do not attend one of SPS 186 schools is scheduled for Monday, April 5, 2021. Please click on the link below to register for the assessment.
The deadline to register will be March 26, 2021. Once registration closes, you will receive information about how to prepare for testing day.
Please click this link to submit a form to present an appeal for your student's selection for the Springfield Public School Gifted Program. Please understand that the Gifted Selection Committee is committed to offering educational opportunities that best fit the students' needs and abilities. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Tiffany Burris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (217) 525-3226.
The Fall CogAT testing is for 5th-grade students only at this time. The date for testing is Monday, November 16, 2020, at 9:00 am.
Please complete this form by Friday, November 13, 2020.
We are in the process of organizing testing dates and procedures. If you would like to receive information about summer testing Dates, please click on this box to complete the Contact Information form below.
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.