Gifted and Talented Artistic Screening

Artistic screenings will take place during school hours between April 20 – 23 and April 26 – 30, 2021.
Please read the Gifted and Talented webpage to learn more about how students are identified and may qualify as gifted and talented.

The deadline to submit the Referral Form is Sunday, March 21, 9:30 p.m. The deadline to submit Phase I Evidence is Sunday, March 28, 9:30 p.m.

The screening process for students for the 2021-2022 school year consist of:

  1. Submission of the Referral Form filled out by a parent, teacher, or administrator.  If the student's school does not have a fine arts program specific to their discipline area, a referral form can be submitted by a teacher outside of the school district who has direct knowledge of the student’s high potential in the artistic discipline area.

  2. Phases of the screening process. (See sidebar for specific discipline criteria and screening process):

    a. Phase 1 – Digital submission of initial evidence. Virtual portfolio for visual arts; performance video for music, dance, or theater.

     b. Phase 2 – Virtual interview with a panel of judges.  Phase 1 and Phase 2 results will determine if the student is eligible for Phase 3 screening.

    c. Phase 3 – Performance of an unfamiliar music, dance, or theater selection (performing arts) or realistic drawing of a still life (visual arts).

Sea Island School for the Arts and Academics (SISA2)

The Beaufort County School District offers unique opportunities for creative expression and artistic growth to artistically gifted and talented students in third through eighth grade. Students who participate in artistic screenings in April and are successfully identified as gifted and talented according to the South Carolina Department of Education regulations or demonstrate high potential in dance, theater, music, and visual arts are eligible to participate in extra arts opportunities offered this summer, which will take place in July 2021.

Elementary Students
(currently in grades 3 - 5, rising to grade 4 - 6 for the 2021-22 school year)

Due to the challenges of COVID these past several months, students in grades 3-5 may need additional opportunity to develop their fine arts areas of strength before qualifying as artistically gifted and talented. Students who are referred for and participate in the artistic screenings in April and demonstrate strong potential in their fine arts area of discipline based on screening evidence might be recommended by the judges to attend SISA2.  At the end of the week of SISA2 camp, these students can complete the screening process to determine eligibility.  (This will be done as space allows.) 




March 8 – March 21

Collection period for Referral Forms.

March 22 – March 28

Collection period for Phase 1 Virtual Evidence (refer to directions for submitting digitally).

March 29– April 9

Judges critique Phase 1 Virtual Evidence.

Phase 2 and Phase 3 audition schedule is finalized for each school.

April 8-9

Parents are notified of the Phase 2 and Phase 3 screening date(s) for their child.

April 20 - 30

Phase 2 - Virtual Interviews.

Phase 3 -Screening (as determined by Phase 1 and Phase 2 results) will be held during the school day. 

By May 7

Letters of eligibility are sent home.