CATALINA FOOTHILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT

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Catalina Foothills School Distict, a caring and collaborative learning community,

ensures that each student achieves intellectual and personal excellence,

and is well prepared for college and career pathways.

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.

Programs and services to meet the needs of identified students vary at each level and may include the following:

  • Acceleration
  • Cluster classroom placement
  • Pull-out programs
  • Flexible grouping within or between classrooms
  • Differentiated curriculum and instruction
  • Honors classes
  • Advanced Placement classes

Click HERE to access the Catalina Foothills School District Gifted Education Programming Framework.

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.

Catalina Foothills makes group testing available for students at their school sites three times per year. The test will be proctored at your child's school by the gifted specialist assigned to the school. Within 30 days after testing is completed, parents/guardians will be notified of the testing results and program options available to the student, if applicable.

Catalina Foothills uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), a test measure recognized by the state of Arizona. The CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem solving skills in three areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of a PreK-12 education. Qualifying scores for gifted identification are at or above the 97th percentile.

Non-identified students may only test once during a calendar year. 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 child's school.

Gifted Testing Schedules for the 2019-2020 School Year

Canyon View Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 15-16, 2019

Grades 4-5

7:15-8:00am

August 20-21, 2019

Grade 3

7:15-8:00am

August 22-23, 2019

Grade 2

7:15-8:00am

January 16-17, 2020

Grades 3-5

7:15-8:00am

January 30-31, 2020

Grades K-1

7:15-8:00am

May 7-8, 2020

Grade 5

7:15-8:00am

Manzanita Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 13, 15, 2019

Grades 4-5

7:15-8:00am

August 20, 23, 2019

Grade 3

7:15-8:00am

August 27, 30, 2019

Grade 2

7:15-8:00am

January 14, 17, 2020 Grades 3-5 7:15-8:00am
January 21, 24, 2020 Grades K-1 7:15-8:00am
May 5, 13, 2020 Grade 5 7:15-8:00am

Sunrise Drive Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 12-13, 2019

Grades 4-5

7:15-8:00am

August 14, 19, 2019

Grade 3

7:15-8:00am

August 26-27, 2019

Grade 2

7:15-8:00am

January 13-14, 2020

Grade 3

7:15-8:00am

January 14, 21, 2020

Grades 4-5

7:15-8:00am

January 27-28, 2020

Grades K-1

7:15-8:00am

May 4, 6, 2020

Grade 5

7:15-8:00am

Ventana Vista Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 12, 14, 2019

Grades 4-5

7:15-8:00am

August 19, 21, 2019

Grade 3

7:15-8:00am

August 26, 28, 2019

Grade 2

7:15-8:00am

January 15-16, 2020 Grades 3-5 7:15-8:00am
January 22-23, 2020 Grades K-1 7:15-8:00am
April 27, 29, 2020 Grade 5 7:15-8:00am

Esperero Canyon Middle School

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 12-13, 2019

Grades 6-8

2:45-4:00pm

April 15-16, 2020

Grades 6-8

2:45-4:00pm

May 2, 2020

Grades 5-8

(New Open Enrollment

Students)

2:45-4:00pm

Orange Grove Middle School

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 15, 2019

Grades 6-8

2:30-4:30pm

May 14, 2020

Grades 6-8

2:30-4:30pm

Catalina Foothills High School

Testing Location: Esperero Canyon Middle School

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

April 20-21, 2020

Grades 9-11

3:45-5:00pm

 

 

Resources:

Permission Form for Gifted Testing

K-12 Gifted Education Programming Framework

State Board Approved Tests for Identification of Gifted Students in Arizona

What is Giftedness?

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)

 

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

 

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