How Are Students Identified?

  • South Carolina has a uniform, statewide system of identification. A student may qualify on the basis of aptitude (reasoning abilities) alone if the composite score is at or above the 96th national age percentile. A student may also qualify for placement by meeting the eligibility criteria in two of three dimensions:

    • Dimension A- Reasoning Abilities  
    • Dimension B- Achievement  
    • Dimension C- Academic Performance  

When Are Students Identified?

  • Students are identified at every grade level from the end of grade 2 through high school. Students are screened automatically when the results of testing are available. Parents may at any time complete a referral form, available in each school office or on the Web site. If your child is new to the district, complete a referral form, be sure that the previous school has sent test data and other identification information, and ask your child’s guidance counselor to send the referral form, test and identification data to the Coordinator of Programs for ODYSSEY.

When Do Classes Meet?

    • ODYSSEY I classes (3rd grade) meet once a week for approximately 3 hours. The elementary ODYSSEY I model is a pullout program that supplements the regular school curriculum. Most classes meet at Houston Elementary School; some 3rd grade classes are held at Pine Street Elementary School.

    • ODYSSEY II classes (4th and 5th grade) meet once a week for approximately 5 hours. ODYSSEY class schedules are developed each August based on the numbers of children to be served in each school.

    • ODYSSEY III classes (6th -12 grade) meet every day. Those classes include Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and ODYSSEY seminars. Advanced and accelerated Math classes are also offered to qualifying students.

    • ADVANCED PLACEMENT classes (9th - 12th grade) meet every day. Advanced Placement courses are offered to qualifying students.