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Gifted Testing Information

Gifted students are defined as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on any test for gifted identification approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. Students may qualify in one or more of three areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.

Referrals for gifted testing come from teachers, parents, and students. Students who have been tested independently, in other districts, or in other states may qualify for gifted services in Catalina Foothills. A list of Arizona approved gifted tests are listed HERE. To submit results for review, please contact the gifted specialist at your student's school.

Catalina Foothills Gifted Services

The district provides special programming for gifted students with specific academic needs that cannot be addressed within the scope of the general educational program. Gifted students at every grade level experience regular association with their intellectual peers as well as their age peers. Click HERE to access the Catalina Foothills School District Gifted Education Programming Framework.

The district is committed to the following gifted education programming standards:

  1. Gifted educational programming includes comprehensive services based upon state statutes, philosophical, theoretical, and empirical foundations.
  2. Differentiated K-12 instruction addresses the unique needs of gifted learners.
  3. An ongoing comprehensive process is used to determine eligibility of students for gifted services.
  4. Recognizing the characteristics of gifted learners and nurturing their socio-emotional development is an integral part of gifted programming.
  5. The knowledge and skills of all school staff that work with gifted learners are systematically developed.
  6. The gifted education program is developed, coordinated, and evaluated at the district level.


K-12 Gifted Education Programming Framework

State Board Approved Tests for Identification of Gifted Students in Arizona

Project Bright Horizon Characteritics and Behaviors of Gifted Learners

Project Bright Horizon Gifted Characteristics Checklist

Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Gifted Testing Permission Form

For more information, contact Associate Superintendent Dr. Mary Jo Conery, 209-7500


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