At the Spencer Center, CPS’ most academically promising students blossom in a flexible, rigorous environment.
Gifted and exceptional students benefit from
- Latin classes to support students in understanding the linguistic roots of our modern culture
- Project-based, hands-on learning incorporating problem-solving to bring academic concepts to life
- Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit Plus (CCP) offerings to prepare students for rigorous college courses
At Spencer, a school community is built via
- Project-based focus
- Rotating electives
- Student-led initiatives
- Mindful attention to social-emotion development
Who Can Attend the Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students?
Students currently attending Cincinnati Public Schools, as well as in-district students in private, charter or home schools, are eligible to apply to Spencer Center if they meet these eligibility requirements:
For Exceptional Students (grades 7-12)
- Scores at or above the 85th percentile on the Iowa/TerraNova Reading test,
- Scores at or above the 85th percentile on the Mathematics section of the Iowa/TerraNova test; in addition to scoring no lower than the 60th percentile on the Reading section of the Iowa/TerraNova test
- Scores at 123 or above on the Inview Cognitive Skills Index,
- Scores at 123 or above on the CogAT Student-Aged Score (SAS).
For Gifted Students (grades 7-12)
- Rank at the Superior Cognitive level on a cognitive abilities test
- Score at the 95th percentile or higher in two of the following subjects on the Terra Nova or other standardized achievement test: Reading, Math, Social Studies or Science. One of the two subjects must be either Math or Reading.
Advanced Placement Courses
- U.S. History
- American Government
- Latin (Grades 5-6 and 7-12)
- Spanish (Grades 3-4 and 7-12)