Gilbert Public Schools Gifted Program Information
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Due to the COVID-19 events and school closures, Gifted Testing Requests have been suspended until July 15, 2020. Because of Gilbert Public Schools' protocol of administering Gifted Testing and Screening only to enrolled students, any requests for testing made on or after July 15th will be evaluated and, if approved, scheduled for enrolled campus testing beginning Monday, August 17, 2020. As always, the student's enrolled campus will schedule and communicate specific Gifted Testing dates. For any families who had made a Gifted Testing Request PRIOR to the COVID-19 school closures, those requests have already been evaluated if approved, and have been forwarded to your students' enrolled campus for consideration of test administration.
As a reminder, Blanket Gifted Screening is scheduled to be administered to all enrolled 3rd graders in October 2020 and all enrolled 5th graders in February 2021. Unless your student is enrolled at Neely Traditional Academy, this campus is scheduled to administer Blanket Gifted Screening to all enrolled 3rd graders in October 2020 and all enrolled 1st graders in February 2021.
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.
Elementary Gifted Services
Great effort is made to provide the most appropriate placement for every child attending Gilbert Public Schools.
Our 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.
Every student enrolled in Grades 3 and 5 will be screened for Gifted Potential and further Gifted Testing unless parents/guardians elect to opt out of this Blanket Screening. For students not enrolled in Grades 3 or 5, there is a Gifted Testing Application that may be completed by the parent/guardian to request consideration for Gifted Testing.
Gilbert Public Schools currently utilizes the state approved CogAT Form 7 computer-based assessment to identify students for Gifted Services. Students who score in the 95th percentile are eligible for Gifted Services and will receive specific information about the services available to qualified students through their enrolled school site.
COVID-19 Closures and Gifted Testing – Open July 15, 2020
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