CATALINA FOOTHILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT

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Mission

Catalina Foothills School District, 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 2022-2023 School Year

Canyon View Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 12, 15, 2022

Grade 3

7:15am

August 18, 19, 2022

Grades 4-5

7:15am

August 22, 23, 2022

Grade 2

7:15am

January 6, 10, 2023 

Grade 3 (new students)

7:15am

January 13, 17, 2023

Grades 4-5 (new students)

7:15am

January 24, 26, 2023

Grade 1

7:15am

January  31, Feb. 2, 2023 

Kindergarten

7:15am

May 2, 4, 2023

Grade 5 (continuing students)

7:15am

Manzanita Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 15, 16, 2022

Grade 3

7:15am

August 19, 22, 2022

Grades 4, 5

7:15am

August 25, 26, 2022

Grade 2

7:15am

January 4, 5, 2023 Grades 3, 4, 5 7:15am
January 10, 11, 2023 Grades 1 7:15am
January 17, 18, 2023 Grades K 7:15am
     

Sunrise Drive Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 10,11, 2022

Grade 3

7:15am

August 16, 17, 2022

Grades 4-5

7:15am

August 24, 25, 2022

Grade 2

7:15am

January 4, 9, 2023

Grade 3 (new students)

7:15am

January 11, 18, 2023

Grades 4, 5 (new students)

7:15am

January 23, 25, 2023

Grade 1

7:15am

January 30, Feb. 1, 2023 

Kindergarten

7:15am

May 1, 3, 2023

Grade 5 (continuing students)

7:15am

Ventana Vista Elementary

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 17, 18, 2022

Grade 3

7:15am

August 23, 24, 2022

Grades 4, 5

7:15am

August 29, 30, 2022

Grade 2

7:15am

January 6, 9, 2023 Grades 3, 4, 5 7:15am
January 12, 13, 2023 Grade 1 7:15am
January 19, 20, 2023  Kindergarten 7:15am

Esperero Canyon Middle School

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 10, 11, 2022

Grades 6-8

2:45-4:00pm

April 25-26, 2023

Grades 6-8

2:45-4:00pm

April 29, 2023

Grades 5-8 (new students)

9:00-11:30am

Orange Grove Middle School

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

August 17, 2022

Grades 6-8

7:30-9:30am

May 3, 2023

Grades 6-8

7:30-9:30am

Catalina Foothills High School

Testing Location: Esperero Canyon Middle School

Testing Dates

Grades Tested

Time

April 25, 26, 2023

Grades 9-11

4:15-5:15pm

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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