Academics

Overview

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,
    OR
  • 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
    OR
  • Scores at 123 or above on the Inview Cognitive Skills Index,
    OR
  • 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
    OR
  • 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
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • English
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Language

Foreign Languages

  • Latin (Grades 5-6 and 7-12)
  • Spanish (Grades 3-4 and 7-12)