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.
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.
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.
Gifted Program Testing Information
Comprehensive Gifted Program
Gifted Pre-K Academy
The Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy (GPA) is designed for identified young children who have superior verbal and quantitative abilities. We provide an enriched environment developed on the theme of Global Explorations that nurtures potential including musical instruments and a world language. SUSD believes that the earlier we can intervene with children the greater the achievement impact on their learning trajectory. The GPA will quicken the love of learning to last a lifetime.
Comprehensive Gifted Tour