Gifted Learning

Welcome to SUSD Gifted Programs

SUSD's gifted education program is designed to provide appropriate services for students who require differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program.

The program complies with Arizona Law that mandates that school districts identify gifted students as those scoring at or above the 97th percentile on a state approved test of cognitive reasoning ability. All students scoring at the 97th percentile or above on any one of the three batteries of the Cognitive Abilities Test or on any other appropriate test administered by Scottsdale District personnel will qualify for placement.

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.

Testing Information

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The Scottsdale Unified School District uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Tests (NNAT2) as evaluation instruments for identifying students who are eligible for gifted education services.  Abilities measures are helpful for identifying children who may be gifted. These assessments are designed to be given only once in a calendar year. SUSD offers testing in the Fall and Spring for all students in addition to testing all second graders in the Winter. Specific dates are listen below. Other tests that SUSD will consider in the identification process are listen on the Arizona Department of Education's website at Gifted test data from other schools or licenses psychologists will be given full consideration for eligibility for SUSD gifted services. 

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is an assessment that consists of three batteries which measure three reasoning abilities: sequential reasoning, inductive reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. The assessment of general reasoning abilities reflect the overall efficiency of cognitive processes and strategies that enable individuals to learn new tasks and solve problems, especially in the absence of direct instruction  (CogAT Form 6, A Short  Guide for Teachers, Riverside Publishing).

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) is a brief, nonverbal measure of general ability.  The items presented to students are considered nonverbal because designs requiring spatial analysis are used and verbal knowledge and skills are not required.  The approach provides a reliable and valid evaluation of any student’s ability despite cultural or linguistic diversity.

Gifted Program Testing Information

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Testing is offered multiple times a year for school effectiveness and placement efficiency. We use gifted testing to identify students whose unique learning profile requires a specialized learning environment. Gifted programs help students reach their full potential. Students not enrolled in SUSD may test for $120 testing fee. Results are only available by email. If a student enrolls in a SUSD school within 1 week of receiving the results, the testing fee can be reimbursed upon request. 

Parents will receive notification of specific testing dates for each site prior to the test administration. Notification of individual test results will be posted 30 days after the close of each testing window on ParentVue or email or sent by US postal mail only by request at Students can be assessed only once per calendar year. 

This year the District will be offering gifted testing during the following times:

Fall Testing
Grades 1, 3-8: September 7th, 2017 - September 26th, 2017
Registration Deadline: August 27, 2017
Unfortunately, late registration cannot be accepted.

2nd Grade Blanket Testing
All 2nd Graders: January 8th, 2018 - January 30th, 2018
Registration not required, parents must complete the Opt-Out form if they do not want their child tested. Informed consent documents will be sent to each family prior to testing.

Spring Testing
Grades K-1: April 19-27, 2018
Grades 3-8: April 30-May 8, 2018
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2018
Late registration cannot be accepted.

Testing for Pre-K done by appointment only, contact

To register for all other grades, visit:

Pre-K Testing
All children 4 years old by September 1st, 2017
In order to be eligible for testing you must enroll in the Pre-K interest list at After you have enrolled in the interest list you will be sent an email with instructions on how to register for testing. 

If you choose, SUSD will accept testing on the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Intelligence Scale or the Stanford-Binet from a licenses psychologist. The original can be submitted to

A Pre-K Academy Information meeting will be taking place at Redfield Elementary School on June 7th, 2017 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. 
Parents will receive notification of specific testing dates for each site prior to the test administration. Test results will be posted on ParentVue 30 days after the close of each testing window. Students can be assessed only once per calendar year.

Click on the button below to register your child for testing:


Gifted Tour


Gifted Services

Dr. Mai-Lon Wong  
Director Gifted Learning Services

Caitlin Miller
Administrative Support Coordinator

Jennifer Sagoo
Gifted Enrichment Specialist

Elementary Specialists

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CGP Teachers

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