Gifted Learning

Welcome to Gifted Learning

  • Vision & Goals


    SUSD Gifted Programs provide challenging curriculum to gifted students through the use of differentiated instruction designed to best meet the academic and affective needs of the students. The gifted program is designed to teach students with meaningful learning experiences that foster an enriched and in-depth understanding of the core curriculum.  These best practices for gifted education guide and shape our gifted programs throughout the district. 

    Program Vision:

    Prepare SUSD students for a global and technologically advanced society.  Success requires advanced academic learning, appropriate social skills, emotional stability and ethical decision-making leadership. 

    Program Goals:

    Provide learning experiences that are responsive to the cognitive, creative and affective development of gifted students by applying education theory and research-based models of curriculum and instruction that are culturally relevant and designed to ensure specific student outcomes.

     

Comprehensive Gifted Tour


  • Gifted Services are available at all SUSD schools.  If you are interested in a tour and would like to learn more about a school's gifted program, please contact the school's front office.  

    CGP TOUR DATES

     

Cluster Grouping


  • Cluster Grouping Model

    In The Cluster Grouping Model, gifted students are clustered into a mixed-ability classrooms at each grade level. The teacher is trained in understanding, planning for, and instructing gifted students. Gifted Specialists assist cluster teachers with scheduling, provide professional development in gifted education, and facilitate with the planning and implementation of differentiated curriculum. In this model, gifted students receive differentiated curriculum and instruction in all content areas on a daily basis.

    Classroom compositions are carefully structured with two main goals: to ensure that there is a balance throughout the grade level, and to reduce the learning range found in any given classroom. This system provides opportunities for teachers to more readily respond to the needs of all their students.

    Gifted cluster teachers plan appropriately challenging instruction for their gifted students. This may involve acceleration, enrichment, and various extended learning opportunities targeted to develop the following skills through learning in the content areas:

    • Logical thinking
    • Reasoning skills
    • Critical and creative thinking
    • Problem-solving

    Gifted students receive instruction that is differentiated in content, process, product, learning environment and assessment:

    1. Content — Complex, abstract ideas presented in a variety of disciplines, including interdisciplinary curriculum
    2. Process — Higher-level thinking through Bloom’s Taxonomy and the Multiple Intelligences
    3. Products — Alternative methods of demonstrating mastery with a range of complexity
    4. Learning environment — Student-centered, flexible grouping based on readiness, interests, and abilities
    5. Assessment — Pre-assessment and testing out-of-grade level curriculum

    The Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy is designed for identified young children who have superior verbal and quantitative abilities and talents. We provide an enriched environment that nurtures potential including musical instruments and a world language. The Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy will quicken the love of learning to last a lifetime.

     

PACT Enrichment/Accelerated Math


  • PACT Enrichment/Accelerated Math (AM)

    Content enrichment is offered to gifted students in each elementary school. Students receive Accelerated Mathematics (AM) instruction in grades 3-5.  Additional enrichments and integrated learning opportunities are provided across the grade levels.  Curriculum in these classes offers both acceleration and enrichment to provide an appropriately challenging level of educational rigor.  SUSD gifted specialists are state certified and have specific certification and training to work with gifted students.  Gifted Enrichment Coach, Aimee Sulit provides support to cluster teachers and gifted specialists.  Enrichment during classes may include:

    • Socratic Seminars
    • Junior Great Books
    • Classic and Contemporary literature
    • Project Based Learning
    • Core Knowledge integrated curriculum
    • Advanced problem-solving instruction
    • Math Olympiad & Continental Math competitions
    • Grammar and vocabulary instruction using the work of Michael Clay Thompson
    • As well as extensive thematic units developed by teachers in the district

Gifted Pre-K Academy

  • Gifted Pre-K Academy


    SUSD Gifted Pre-K AcademyThe Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy is designed for identified young children who have superior verbal and quantitative abilities and talents. We provide an enriched environment that nurtures potential including musical instruments and a world language. The Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy will quicken the love of learning to last a lifetime.

  • Who are the contacts for the Gifted Pre-K Academy program?

  • Are there Information Meetings or Tours of Redfield and Kiva Elementary Schools?

  • If I sign up preschool, will the fees transfer to Gifted Pre-K Academy?

  • What is unique about the Gifted Pre-K Academy compared to other preschools?

  • What is the selection process to be eligible for the Gifted Pre-K Academy?

  • How can my child be identified for the Gifted Pre-K Academy?

Comprehensive Gifted Program

  • Comprehensive Gifted Program Registration

Application For CGP

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    CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW FOR THE 1-8 CGP APPLICATION

    1-8 CGP Application  

    CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW FOR THE SPANISH 1-8 CGP APPLICATION

    Spanish 1-8 CGP Application

    CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW FOR THE KINDERGARTEN CGP APPLICATION

    Kinder CGP Application

     

    CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW FOR THE SPANISH KINDERGARTEN CGP APPLICATION

    Spanish CGP Application

     

Specialists

Teacher Gifted Endorsement

Contact Us

Testing Information

  • Register for Gifted Testing

  • Gifted Program Testing Information