• Accelerated Studies

    Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies


    Program Type:

    Program within a School



    K5 - 5 Grade


    Eligibility Criteria:

    All students grades K-5th residing within the Rock Hill Schools attendance zone.


    Program for students with gifts/interests in:

    Academically gifted and talented


    Benefits/Goals of the Program:

    Program academically accelerates students in all subject areas. Program nurtures and develop their gifts and talents in all grades.


    Program Continuation:

    There are programs that address the needs of the academically gifted at the middle school level.  There are also IB and AP options for high school students.


    Program Specific Course Offerings/Instructional Models:

    We offer GT cluster classes in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  All of our academic teachers are GT endorsed in order to meet the academic needs of all of our students in kindergarten through fifth grades.  We believe that the differentiation that is expected for GT students is good for all students, and we do not want to limit that understanding for any of our staff.  We have a wealth of additional GT materials and resources that are available for our teachers to use.  We have recently developed our own GT curriculum map that incorporates these resources in a way that maximizes their impact.  This work was facilitated by a GT education consultant who worked with our teachers over the summer of 2018.  And last, we offer enrichment clusters for all of our students at Sunset Park.  This is a club based program that allows our students to delve into a topic that they want to learn more about and which interests them.  It is a club based program that all students at Sunset Park take part in during two 10 week long sessions in the fall and spring.  It provides our students with an element of choice in their day as well as a chance to connect with an adult and other students who share that same interest.


    Awards/Recognition/Designations Received:

    All academic teachers and administrators are required to have their GT endorsement in SC.  We have earned:  2 Perfect ACT ASPIRE Scores in 2015,

    3 Max Scale Scores on SCREADY in Math in 2016, 1 Max Scale Scores on SCREADY in Math in 2018, and the following Perfect PASS Scores:

    2018 - 1 Perfect PASS Score

    2017 - 1 Perfect PASS Score

    2016 - 2 Perfect PASS Scores

    2015 - 2 Perfect PASS Scores

    Duke TIP Participants:

    2017 – 37 students received qualifying scores

    In addition, we have earned 5 Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards.


    Contact for Program Specific Questions:

    Dr. Nakia Barnes (nbarnes@rhmail.org)


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