Paradise Valley Unified School District
Gifted Education
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Gifted services at every school

Elementary schools
arrow Kindergarten
There are two options for gifted kindergartners: placement in a gifted cluster class at any district elementary school or enrollment in the Self-contained program.

arrow Schoolwide Cluster Grouping
Gifted students are grouped into designated gifted cluster classrooms at each grade level at every school and receive differentiated instruction in all content areas by gifted cluster teachers.

arrow Honors classes for Grades 4 - 6

Content replacement and content enrichment in mathematics and / or language arts daily with a gifted specialist

Middle schools

arrow Honors classes for Grades 7 & 8
All four content areas: mathematics, English, science, and social studies

High schools

arrow Honors and Advanced Placement
For grades 9 - 12, plus honors online coursework

arrow Gifted Education philosophy
arrow Gifted program pathways PDF
arrow Gifted program fliers PDF
arrow Gifted Scope and Sequence
arrow About the director PDF

     Special Programs

dot Preschool for Gifted 4-year olds

This unique, tuition-based program is open to gifted preschool students throughout the Valley. Three locations: Desert Cove, Fireside and, new for 2014, North Ranch Elementary
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dot Self-contained Gifted and
    Talented Kindergarten program

These self-contained kindergarten classes are designed for high-achieving, gifted and talented students whose needs may not be met in a regular classroom.

Located at Desert Cove, Fireside, Desert Trails and North Ranch elementary schools
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dot Self-contained Gifted program, 1-6

Serving highly and profoundly gifted students in grades 1 – 6. Now offered at five locations: Desert Cove Elementary, north of Shea Blvd., near State Route 51 and I-17; Desert Trails, just north of the 101 and SR 51, Sonoran Sky Elementary, Scottsdale and Thunderbird Rds.; North Ranch Elementary, near 64th Street, between Greenway and Bell Roads; and Fireside Elementary, in the Desert Ridge area.
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dot Digital Learning Center,
    Middle School

Located at Sunrise Middle School, the Digital Learning Center is now accepting applications for students who are in, or will be in 7th- or 8th-grade in the new school year.
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dot Nonverbal Honors Core

This program, located at Greenway Middle School, is tailored to meet the needs of gifted students from many diverse cultural backgrounds. 
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dot Honors Academy of

dot Honors Academy of
    World Languages

Serving middle school gifted students, the two Honors Academies at Desert Shadows Middle School provide honors core classes (English, math, science, social studies) with an emphasis in world languages and pre-engineering. 
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dot International Baccalaureate

IB Primary Years Program at Quail Run Elementary (grades K - 6)

IB Middle Years Program at Vista Verde Middle School
(grades 7 - 8, continuing in grades 9-10 at North Canyon )

IB at North Canyon High School
(grades 11 and 12)

 arrow Read more about the IB programs at PV Schools

dot Digital Academy for
    Advanced Placement Scholars

Program offers traditional high school life with extra challenge of a gifted curriculum with digital focus. Students enjoy the full range of extracurricular high school activities while being challenged in a program for gifted students interested in information technology.
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Questions about Gifted programs in PV Schools?
arrow View video presentation
by Director Dr. Dina Bruiles from the Nov. 2012 parent meeting, discussing the full range of gifted services offered in PV Schools.
arrow Download the Enriching the Lives of Our Gifted Students presentation by Director Dr. Dina Bruiles from the May 7 parent meeting. (PDF - 7.2Mb)

Classroom visits and observations

Please do not call schools regarding classroom visits and observations. Requests should be directed to the Gifted Education Services Department.
arrow Contact Gifted Services

Hot Topics

Applications to the range of Self-contained Gifted programs at PV Schools are now open. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
PV Schools Gifted Services is currently accepting applications for teachers with experience in gifted education. For details, visit the applications page
We've added a new location for Gifted Preschool in 2014/25. Learn more about Gifted Preschool at North Ranch Elementary
Winner of the National Assoc. of Gifted Children Professional Development Award.


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Arizona Department of Education: Gifted
Arizona Association
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