STEP: Special Talent Enrichment Program
Berkeley County's Gifted and Talented Arts Program is available to students of Berkeley County Public Schools between the 4th and 12th grade who have auditioned and are identified as gifted/talented in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Once identified, students may attend weekly after school classes at specific sites during the school year and a two week summer program. Sixth through eighth grade STEP students may also attend Marrington Middle School of the Arts.
Referral applications for STEP auditions are normally available each fall with auditions normally occuring in the winter. To qualify for STEP, students must either audition before a jury composed of fine arts professionals (drama, music, and dance) or must complete onsite visual arts assignments (visual arts). In addition, students are given tests that are indicators of potential in the various art disciplines. The jury seeks to identify students with outstanding potential in the arts.
Paper copies of the screening/referral forms will be available in school offices at the beginning of the school year. If there is an issue with the online request, parents may mail screening request forms to: Berkeley County School District, Gifted/Talented Screening, P. O. Box 608, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.