Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted
Click here to view and download an informational pamphlet on our organization. Please freely give this pamphlet to those who are interested in and may benefit from knowing more about giftedness and gifted education - parents, teachers, school and district administrators, school board members, etc. You may consider giving a copy to your gifted child's Scout leader, coach, or even Sunday School teacher.
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Gilbert Public School District
- GPS Description and Eligibility for Gifted Programs
- GPS Gifted Education for elementary students - Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)
- The Cluster Model services gifted students in grades 1-3, and for those qualifying with CogAT non-verbal scores in grades 4-6 (formerly SAIL).
- More about the Cluster Model, which GPS began to follow in 2009.
- GPS Gifted Education for secondary students - Honors Program.
Junior High Curriculum - The Junior High School Course Description Booklet lists courses by subject and specifies which courses include an offering of honors classes.
High School Curriculum - Within the Honors Program at the high school level there are additional options for acquiring class credits -– Advanced Placement courses, Dual Credit courses, and Distance Learning via online options -– to name a few. Students interested in learning more about these options are encouraged to meet with their high school counselor. Below is a brief synopsis of these options. For a listing of what AP and DUAL classes are available at GPS high schools, see the Gilbert Public Schools High School Course Description Book found at the GPS web site.
- Advanced Placement – AP classes are college-level courses and exams offered at the local high school. Teachers of AP classes are highly skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers. Students who enroll in these courses will have the option to take a test at the end of the year.
CREDIT: Students will receive university credit depending on their score and the college or university to which they apply. Accepted at most universities nationwide.
COST: Test fee. For more information, see the College Board website.
- Dual Credit - Maricopa Community Colleges and GPS have designed a cooperative program in many fields of study that allows students to earn both high school and college credits. These classes are held on the high school campus as part of the regular school day and are offered if a qualified teacher is available. Students may also need to pass the AccuPlacer test.
CREDIT: Students earn college credit if they receive a "C" grade or higher. Accepted at most in-state universities and colleges. If going to a university out of state, students are encouraged to check with the out-of-state university for transferability of credit.
COST: Community college tuition. The registration and tuition payment process will be handled in the individual courses. Source: Gilbert Public Schools High School Course Description Book, p.VI. For more information see: http://www.maricopa.edu/dual/
- Additional Credit Options - If a student desires to pursue alternative means of earning credits -- college courses, online instruction, collaborative credit, summer school, etc. -- the student is encouraged to speak with their high school counselor. High school credit may be granted to students who satisfactorily complete college courses. Students must complete a collaborative credit form and secure permission from the administrator in charge of registration prior to taking the college course if they wish to receive high school credit. Source: Alternative Credit Options, Gilbert Public Schools High School Course Description Book, p.V.
- Students may also check transferability of their courses to in-state universities by visiting https://www.transfer.org/uselect/index.htm.
- GPS Distance Learning - This program is designed to provide a realistic and challenging educational option to the students and parents of GPS and students of other districts who are seeking alternative methods of satisfying promotion requirements. COST: A $50 deposit per class is required at the time of registration. The deposit will be refunded upon successful completion of the course, some limitations apply. For more information see: GPS Distance Learning.
- The Gilbert Classical Academy offers an exclusive honors curriculum for 7th-12th graders. Applications are accepted in the month of October for the following school year.
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GPS Parent Legislative Active Network
PLAN - Parent Legislative Active Network -
How can I contact and influence our state legislature regarding education, specifically gifted education? Click on the link above and you'll find the desired information and much more. The mission of PLAN is "To inform, create awareness, and mobilize our parents and community to persuade our legislative leadership to shift the fiscal priority and focus back to public education."
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State of Arizona
The mission of the Arizona Department of Education is to nurture academic excellence and improve student achievement among all students. To this end, the Legislature of the State of Arizona has established this mandate for students who are gifted:
- The Governing Board of each school district shall provide gifted education to gifted pupils identified as provided in A.R.S. 15-779.
"Gifted education" - Appropriate academic course offerings and services that are required to provide an educational program that is an integral part of the regular school day that is commensurate with the academic abilities and potential of the gifted pupil.
“Gifted pupil” - A child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs appropriate gifted education services, to achieve at levels commensurate with his/her intellect and ability.
- Powers and duties of the school district governing board are outlined in A.R.S. 15-779.01. - The Governing Board of each school district shall provide gifted education to gifted pupils; The governing board shall modify the course of study and adapt teaching methods, materials and techniques to provide educationally for those pupils who are gifted and possess superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, but may have an educational disadvantage resulting from a disability or a difficulty.
- Gifted pupils; scope and sequence; annual financial report - A.R.S. 15-779.2. The Governing Board of each school district shall develop a scope and sequence for the identification process of and curriculum modifications for gifted pupils to ensure that gifted pupils receive special education commensurate with their academic abilities and potentials. Programs and services for gifted pupils shall be provided as an integrated, differentiated learning experience during the regular school day.
- Additional assistance for gifted programs - A.R.S. 15-779.03. School districts that comply with section 15-779.01 and that submit evidence that all district teachers who have primary responsibility for teaching gifted pupils have obtained or are working toward obtaining the appropriate certification endorsement as required by the state board of education may apply to the department of education for additional funding.
School districts shall conduct evaluation studies of their programs for the gifted and submit information to the department of education regarding the results of their studies. The department shall develop evaluation guidelines, reporting forms, procedures and timelines.
Monies distributed pursuant to this section shall supplement and not supplant monies from other sources.
- Powers and duties of the state superintendent of public instruction regarding gifted education are outlined in A.R.S. 15-779.04.
- State Board Approved Test List for the Identification of Gifted Students in Arizona - A gifted student is defined as any student who receives a composite score at or above the 97th percentile on national norms on any test from the State Board approved list.
- AZ Dept of Gifted Education
- Click on this link to see An Inventory of Tests from hoagiesgifted.org.
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- Former U. S. Commissioner of Education Sidney P. Marland, Jr., in his August 1971 report to Congress, stated:
- Gifted and talented children are those identified by professionally qualified persons who by virtue of outstanding abilities are capable of high performance. These are children who require differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their contribution to self and society.
- No Child Left Behind legislation created a new, achievement-based definition of giftedness; however it does not mandate that states use its definition:
- The term “gifted and talented”, when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. (Title IX, Part A, Section 9101(22), p. 544)
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Interpreting the Numbers
To understand percentile scores received on gifted testing, click on this link.
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