The S.I.N.G.S. program is designed to challenge students who are academically gifted and help them develop their talents. SINGS is an acronym that stands for “Serving the Individual Needs of Gifted Students.” The SINGS program teaches students about critical thinking, logic, creativity and problem-solving.
At the elementary level (3rd grade), the gifted program is a pull-out class. For one day each week, students ride buses to the Poplar Bluff Middle School for a full day of enrichment. Middle School students attend one full day of enrichment in their own school. Each grade level attends on a different day of the week. At the Junior High, students will attend S.I.N.G.S. for one hour each day at their own school.
The Poplar Bluff School District does not offer gifted enrichment classes at the high school level. Students have opportunities to take advanced level courses and participate in extra-curricular clubs.
Qualifying for the Gifted Program
The state of Missouri has established guidelines for determining which students qualify for gifted programs. Missouri gifted programs serve those students who are in the top two to three percent of the district population.
Minimum eligibility criteria for participation in the SINGS program include:
- Standardized group achievement score composite test scores at or above the 95th percentile
- IQ score at or above 125
Parents will be notified by letter to grant permission for testing. After testing is completed, the District Coordinator will determine if a student qualifies for the program. Parents will be notified by letter if a student qualifies for placement in the district gifted program. Students who qualify will have to have parental permission for placement in the gifted program.
Junior High School
Not pictured: Crystal Ormsby, Middle School