• Important Dates for the Self-Contained Gifted Program

    February 1, 2024 Application window for the Self-Contained Gifted Program opens

    February 23, 2024 Application window closes

    February 27, 2024 Lottery (if necessary)



    Tour: A tour allows families to spend time in each of the Self-Contained Gifted classrooms, which might involve observing a lesson, interacting with students and speaking with teachers. You will also spend time walking around the campus with the principal. 

    February 6, 2024 1:45pm Tour - Please RSVP to the front office.

    February 12, 2024 10am Tour - Please RSVP to the front office.

    February 13, 2024 1:45pm Tour - Please RSVP to the front office.

    February 16, 2024 9:30am Tour - Please RSVP to the front office.

    Open House: The Open House provides families the opportunity to learn about the program from each of the teachers as they discuss how their curriculum and class setup is unique for the highly-gifted learner. Families will also have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and speak with the teachers. Current students and parents will be available for questions.

    February 21, 2024 5:30pm-6:30pm Open House

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  • Highlights of the Self-Contained Gifted Program

    • Project-based
    • Problem-based
    • STEM
    • Lego Robotics
    • Socratic Questioning
    • Social-Emotional Curriculum
    • Cross-curricular
    • Technology-based
    • Enrichment and Acceleration
    • Language Arts (instruction is offered using College of William & Mary curriculum from the Center For Gifted Education and Michael Clay Thompson)

    Towne Meadows Elementary
    1101 N. Recker Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234

    School Grade Levels:  Currently, one classroom for 4th grade, one classroom for 5th grade, and one classroom for 6th grade

    Class Size: 25

    Self-Contained Gifted Program Applications

    Families interested in applying for the SCG Program must complete the online application below.

    2024 - 2025 Towne Meadows Self-Contained Gifted Application


    Applications will be considered in the following order:

    • Students who are siblings of students who are currently in the Self-contained Gifted Program or the GTC (Gifted Talented and Creative) Program at Highland Junior High School.
    • Students residing in the Gilbert Public Schools boundaries or who are currently attending a Gilbert Public School.
    • Students who reside outside of the Gilbert Public Schools boundaries or who do not currently attend a Gilbert Public School.
    • Out of district students are welcome to apply for the Self-contained Gifted Program if they meet District eligibility (as noted above). 

    Out of District Students – In addition to the application, please submit the following information to the Teaching and Learning Department:

    1. A copy of your child’s most recent intellectual assessment results: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) or other State of Arizona approved assessment or IQ tests administered by a licensed Psychologist/Psychiatrist
    2. A copy of your child’s most recent standardized test scores (i.e. AzMERIT,  DIBELS)
    3. A copy of your child’s most recent report card
    4. Twice-exceptional students receiving special education or 504 services must attach: Copy of current IEP and most current special education evaluation report or copy of 504 plan
      *Applications will not be accepted until all forms have been submitted 

    Siblings are welcome to attend Towne Meadows through the Open Enrollment process. Acceptance is contingent upon the campus’ capacity to provide all services needed by the sibling(s).


Gilbert Public Schools Gifted Program Information

  • 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.
    • Use 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.
    • Address 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.

    Our elementary schools use cluster and replacement models to serve gifted students in grades K–6. These programs support our students who are identified as gifted through testing (CogAt or IQ) or twice exceptional.  Gifted students are academically-talented students who excel in their ability to think and reason and need academic challenges beyond the regular classroom setting to address the needs of the whole child.  The cluster model is offered at all GPS elementary schools, K-6 grades - Gifted students are clustered into mixed-ability classrooms while receiving instruction and support on a daily basis from teachers who understand and are trained in the learning needs of gifted students. 

    The replacement model is offered at 22 elementary schools to 4-6 grade students. - Gifted students are provided with gifted math and ELA instruction.  Gifted math for 4-6 graders includes instruction each day, one year above the student’s grade level.  Gifted ELA for 6th graders includes instruction each day with the gifted teacher.  All gifted teachers are highly qualified and have a gifted endorsement.

    A 4th, 5th and 6th-grade Self-Contained Elementary Gifted Program is offered at Towne Meadows Elementary School.

    2024-2025 Gifted Testing Information:
    Parents may request that their child be tested for gifted services once each calendar year, and GPS offers two opportunities - in August and February. All GPS-enrolled 2nd-grade students will be "blanket gifted tested" between April 28 - May 20, 2025. 

    Gifted Testing Request Forms will be posted on each school's website.



    Request Forms Open

    Test Request Deadline

    Campus Testing

    August 2024 Testing

     June 6 August 9 August 12 - August 30

    February 2025 Testing

     December 2  February 7 February 10 - February 21

Towne Meadows Elementary - Request Gifted Testing

GPS Gifted FAQ

  • How are students assessed for Gifted Identification?

  • What is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)?

  • How can my child be considered for Gifted Testing?

  • My child was tested in another school district. Do those scores count?

  • Is summer Gifted Testing Available?

Gifted Education Department Contacts

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