Accelerated Learning Program and Secondary Honors Program
The GPS Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) differs from the regular educational curriculum by providing breadth and depth through academic acceleration and relevant enrichment.
The elementary schools
use the cluster and replacement models to serve gifted students in
grades K-6. These programs comply with a legislative mandate requiring
schools to provide services for academically-talented and ambitious
students who need challenges beyond the regular classroom setting.
Testing for eligibility is done periodically throughout the school year.
A 4th, 5th and 6th grade Self-contained Gifted Program is offered at Towne Meadows Elementary School. Click here for more information regarding GPS Self-contained Elementary Gifted Program.
The junior high and high school Honors curriculum
is designed to provide academic acceleration and enrichment for the
able and ambitious student. Honors courses are offered in the following
academic areas: English, laboratory science, math and at some schools, social studies.
Gilbert Public Schools is a premier provider of services to Pre-K through Grade 12 students identified as gifted or twice-exceptional, using research-based instruction to address the needs of the whole child.
To achieve this vision, GPS seeks to:
- Address the social, emotional, cognitive, academic, physical, and kinesthetic needs of each gifted or twice-exceptional student.
state-of-the-art diagnosis and pre-assessment tools that enable
teachers to provide a rigorous curriculum at an appropriate
instructional level for each student, with options that allow
differentiation, individualization and flexibility.
the specific needs of gifted, highly gifted, profoundly gifted and
twice-exceptional students using hands-on and project-based learning and
innovative use of technology.
- Ensure appropriate training and professional development for teachers of gifted education students.
- Provide mechanisms for effective communication between families and school professionals.
for ALP or Honors placement can be initiated by teachers, parents, or
students. Eligibility testing requires a permission form signed by a
parent or guardian to be submitted to the test administrator prior to
testing. Testing is done periodically throughout the school year. See
your school counselor for details.
Students who received a score
in the 97th percentile or above in any one of the ability sub-tests of
the state-approved tests will be served.
Students who receive a
score in the 95th-96th percentile in any area may be further evaluated
and placed in the program as space is available. A student who falls
within this range may be considered for placement on a probationary
Placement in ALP or Honors is reviewed each spring.
Continued placement in the program is based on successful student
performance. It is recommended that students maintain a grade of C or
better to continue in the ALP/Honors sequence.
Placement in the Honors Program at the secondary levels can be arranged through the school's guidance and counseling office.
of withdrawal from the elementary Accelerated Learning Program may come
from the teacher or parents in the event that the student seems to no
longer be benefiting from the accelerated pace and academic requirements
of the ALP curriculum. A student will only be withdrawn with parent
notification. Once a child has been withdrawn he or she is out of the
program for the remainder of the school year. A conference or study team
meeting may be held to determine how this student might best be served.
That meeting may result in discontinued services, alternate ALP
services, or a recommendation that the student may remain in the
If you have further questions, please email Amber MacRobbie or call 480-545-2173.
For information about Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted, a parent booster group, please visit their website: www.gilbertgifted.org