PSA is the only school below college level to be partnered with NASA in the SC Space Grant Consortium!
Congratulations to PSA for winning the Palmetto Gold Award for 2012-2013, both in General Performance and for Closing the Achievement Gap!
Palmetto Scholars Academy received an Absolute Rating of “Excellent” and a numerical score of 100 on the 2012 and 2013 SC School and District Report cards. PSA was one of only seven schools in the tri-county area to score a perfect 100 in 2013.
What is Gifted?
Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).
Why Gifted Education
The needs of gifted students go beyond the standard classroom activities. It is difficult to generalize gifted students because of their characteristics which are personal and unique to each student. This group of students has an increased pace in which they learn and complete work, they learn more rapidly, exhibit a greater depth of understanding concepts, need time for in-depth exploration and investigation, and ask challenging questions.
Typically, their interests are advanced and beyond their peers, which increases the need of participating in a grouping environment where they have the ability to interact with their same aged peers with similar intellect. Providing an early and appropriate educational environment allows gifted students to use their exceptional ability in constructive ways. According to research, intellectually gifted children will not be happy and complete until they are using intellectual ability at a level approaching full capacity.*
Educators are challenged with developing curriculum that will be challenging, enlightening, and intriguing to students of different abilities, and still maintain a sense of community within the classroom. At Palmetto Scholars Academy, we are focussed on delivering that higher challenge to engage our students to the intellectual level that each of them desire.