Gifted and Talented Services




Seth Baunach has been selected to attend either Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University or Craft Academy at Morehead State University. These academies are for high school sophomores that are interested in science, mathematics, technology and engineering. Both academies are dual-credit residential high schools for academically exceptional Kentucky students.

The Craft and Gatton Academy seek to empower Kentucky’s high achieving youth to create, invent and lead in STEM career fields to improve the quality of lives in the Commonwealth. Both academies provide a college-level curriculum that allows students to finish high school while also completing two years of university coursework. At the end of two years, the students will have earned a minimum of 60 college credit hours as well as their high school diploma.

Students are selected based on ACT/SAT scores, academic grades from their first two years of high school, interest in advanced STEM careers, responses to application essay questions, an interview by the Academy selection committee and recommendations from teachers and others who can attest to the student’s preparedness for the program.

Next decision for Seth is deciding which academy he wants to attend. UPDATE: Seth will attend Gattan Academy at WKU in the fall!




The Governor's Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The Program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders' concern that the state’s "best and brightest" were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home. Students who are selected attend the Program without charge. The Program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders.

Spencer County High School’s eight nominees for the 2017 GSP Program are:  (left to right) Trinity Johnson, Briar Honeycutt, Connor Foster, Jessica Stine, Samantha Hawkins, Stephanie Keener, (bottom left) Allison Henderson, and (bottom right) Drake Watson.  Finalists will be named in April.



Engage Days at SCMS

Students take time to engage their talents and creativity during monthly Engage Day. This month we played NBA Math Hoops and Scatagories!


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Derby Dinner Playhouse

Our high school students had a great time at Derby Dinner Playhouse.

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Derby Dinner

Derby Dinner

Derby Dinner

Derby dinner

Derby Dinner


Hear Ted Talk!

Known as one of America’s best youth leadership development speakers, Ted Wiese works with thousands of students every year to teach and enhance their leadership skills.  Ted is in the business of making students believe they can make a difference - and he teaches them how to do it! 

"We cannot always prepare the future for our youth, but we can prepare our youth for the future." Franklin D. Roosevelt

I Feel Great!!

High School and Middle School students who attended Hear Ted Talk! focused on leadership and team building skills.

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Wow! Pow Wow that is....SCES GT students hosted their annual cultural event on Friday, October 28 for K - 5 grade. The students worked hard researching topics, preparing display boards, and making props and costumes. It was a full day of information for the students. Congratulations Mrs. Baird and to your students!!



Taking it to the Streets!

Recently our TES and SCES students visited our local county government offices. They were given the opportunity to meet with county officials and our state representative, James Allen Tipton, to ask questions - and were also given the opportunity to cast their vote for President with Mr. Trump winning over Mrs. Clinton 38 - 21.  Thank you to the officials who welcomed us into their offices! 



the dot


Spencer County Elementary learned about encouragement this week reading the dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The Gifed and Talented students continued this lesson learning also about pointillism and creating their own dot drawings.


Painted Stone Settlers

Spencer County Elementary GT students took a field study day to the Long Run Massacre Reenactment and hands-on event. This is a day full of special demonstrations teaching the lifestyle of the 18th century held at Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville.

The students participated in events as well, like fetching water from the creek...

They heard stories from an Indian storyteller...

and they got to hear the blast from a real cannon!

It was a fabulous day of learning for our students. This event will help us prepare for our school-wide cultural event we will be hosting. A big thank you to the parents who were able to help chaperone!   



Be In the KNOW - check the links below for GT Newsletters from each school.



Spencer County High School

High School Winter Newsletter

Spencer County Middle School

Spencer County Elementary

Taylorsville Elementary

More information and opportunities for gifted students can be found at this link for The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.


Parent Information

  Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship

  Useful Website for Parents

  Frequently Asked Questions

  Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

  National Association for Gifted Children

   Checklist for Parent Identification


Teacher Information

Useful Websites for Educators of Gifted Students

G/T Staff Directory

Chuck Abell, District GT Coordinator
502-477-3250 ext. 2126

Carol Herndon, Family & Youth Advocate
502-477-3339 ext. 3243

Louise Collins, SCHS GT Teacher

Elizabeth Hinton, SCMS GT Teacher

Brandie Kinzel, TES GT Teacher
502-477-3339 ext. 3229

Elizabeth Hinton, SCES GT Teacher


Contact Us

Spencer County Board of Education
207 W. Main Street
Taylorsville, KY 40071

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Phone: 502-477-3250
Fax: 502-477-3259