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Gifted & Talented Program at Sacaton Elementary School District

The SESD Gifted and Talented Program is continuing to build and develop a curriculum to meet the needs of its high achieving students. Our curriculum will incorporate STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics into a project based learning model.
 

Project Based Learning

Students will apply English language arts, math, and science skills to research a topic of their choice.

Technology will be incorporated into the project by using a program called SketchUp. This program will allow the students to explore and design these topics on a virtual level. Students will sketch their design using this program. The only limitations are their imaginations.

Speaking and listening skills will be utilized in the final oral presentation of their project. Projects will be displayed in the SESD District Board Room located at the District Office.

 Definition of a gifted child

"Gifted pupil" means a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs appropriate gifted education services, to achieve at levels commensurate with the child's intellect and ability.

Mandated Services for Gifted Children in Arizona

Gifted education is mandated for all public school districts. All school districts must both identify gifted learners and provide appropriate educational programs and services for gifted learners that are an “integrated, differentiated learning experience during the regular school day” in all grades K-12. ARS §15-779.02

High Achieving Students

Students that are high achieving may also qualify to receive services from the gifted and talented program. These students are identified based on data gathered from: district testing, teacher observations, performance in classroom which indicates the student is working above grade level when compared to their peers.

 

K-8 Gifted Program Offerings

In order to support their emotional and academic needs, the gifted curriculum is designed for students to be spending most of their learning time using learning processes that are more complex and abstract than that of their peers.

Our program is designed for “Pull-Out” services for K- 8th grades. As well as classroom and curriculum support for staff and students.

Elementary Services

  • 60 minutes per week for 3rd and 4th grades

Middle School Services

  • 80 minutes per week for 5th – 8th grades

K-2 services will be offered in the 2nd semester.

 
 

Guest Speaker Meets with G&T Students

On Tuesday, September 27th, Dr. Nancy Selover visited our school and spoke with the students in the Gifted & Talented Program about the valley's weather and its unique climate.

Testing

· Sacaton School District uses two tests: Cognitive Abilities Test or CogAT as well as the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test to identify gifted students.

· Students are tested in three areas:

Quantitative
Verbal
Non-Verbal

· Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test

This is a brief nonverbal measure of general ability. The test questions are made of shapes and/or symbols. The instructions are straightforward and brief. The NNAT2 measures ability fairly for students from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

· Transfer students will be appropriately placed as soon as program criteria are verified.

· Testing is offered three times per year:


 
 
 

Parents and Legal Guardians:

*If you think that your child is gifted, please request that your child be tested.

*Please visit the front office at the Middle School or Elementary School to obtain a Referral Packet. Return it to your child’s classroom teacher.

*Transfer students will be appropriately placed as soon as program criteria are verified.

Downloads

Please see below for some useful information regarding the Gifted & Talented Program.
Please click here to download and print a referral packet for your child.
Please click here to download and print a referral flowchart for your child.
Please click here to download and print this useful information on identifying and teaching Native American children.
Sacaton Elementary School District No. 18
92 S. Skill Center Road • Sacaton, AZ 85147
Phone: (520) 562-8600
Fax: (480) 763-4410
Elementary School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 3001
Fax: 480.763.4430
Middle School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 2001
Fax: 480.763.4420
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