Paradise Valley Unified School District
Gifted Education
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Applications to the preschool and kindergarten Self-contained Gifted and Talented program for Fall 2014 will be posted on Dec. 6. We will begin accepting applications Feb. 3, 2014. 

Paradise Valley Unified School District features a Gifted Preschool Program for 4-year-old children who are identified as gifted.

  • Emphasis on critical and creative thinking
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Integrated technology
  • Individualization
  • Core content
  • Enrichment
  • Teachers are Early Childhood Certified and hold a Gifted Endorsement..
  • The Gifted Preschool follows the PV Schools district calendar.
  • Both schools offer full-time gifted programs for students in grades K-6.
  • Transportation is not provided for preschool students.

This unique, tuition-based program is open to gifted preschool students throughout the Valley.
The program is offered at three schools.

Desert Cove Elementary School

  • Located off the 51 & Shea, 11020 N. 28th St., Phoenix
  • Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Before and after-school childcare offered in the Mascot Cougar Club
  • Visit

Fireside Elementary School

  • Located off the 101 & Tatum near Desert Ridge Mall, 3725 E. Lone Cactus Dr.
  • Hours 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Before- and after-school childcare offered in the Mascot Club
  • Visit

North Ranch Elementary School

  • Located on 62nd Street between Bell and Greenway
  • Hours: 9a.m. - 3p.m.

Admittance to the Gifted and Talented Preschool is a three-part process

  1. Gifted testing to qualify for program application. Students must be identified as
    gifted on an IQ test. Parents may seek private testing or may schedule testing by
    our district by calling 602-449-2112.
  2. Application submission to the PV Schools Gifted Office.
  3. Registration and registration fee payment to PV Schools Community Education.
  4. Letter of acceptance is required for registration.

    A child must have reached their fourth birthday to be eligible to attend the Gifted and Talented Preschool

  • If your child is accepted into the Gifted and Talented Preschool and is already four
    years of age or will reach his/her fourth birthday prior to the first day of school, you
    may register for the Gifted and Talented Preschool at any time after acceptance and
    with payment of the registration fee.
  • If your child will reach his/her fourth birthday during the school year, you may apply for the Gifted and Talented Preschool one month prior to your child's fourth birthday. If accepted, you may register at Community Education with payment of the registration fee and a non-refundable deposit of the first month's tuition (to be applied upon entrance into the program).
  • Given that enrollment is ongoing throughout the school year, some students may attend the Gifted and Talented Preschool for more than one year, until they are age appropriate for enrollment into Kindergarten

    Gifted testing

    Parents are welcome to seek private IQ testing with a psychologist. Call our office at 602-449-2113 for information on the type of testing required. You may schedule testing with a district school psychologist by calling 602-449-2113. Testing will take place during in June, on selected days outside of school hours. A testing fee of $180 is required two weeks prior to testing. Students must qualify as gifted by obtaining a score of 90% or above in Verbal, Nonverbal, and/or Quantitative area(s).

    Testing timelines

    Application form and FAQs

    Tuition is $7,600 per school year, paid in 10 monthly installments

    arrow Application (PDF) - for both 2013-14 and 2014-15 (multiple page docum
    arrow FAQs - general self contained gifted program (PDF)
    arrow FAQs - preschool and kindergarten gifted program (PDF)

Related LInks:

Arizona Department of Education: Gifted
Arizona Association
for Gifted and Talented

Classroom Visits

Prospective parents may visit our gifted preschool classes on the scheduled day of each week during morning center time. Because teachers are busy working with students, they will not be available to answer questions but you may contact them by email.

We look forward to sharing the amazing learning activities that take place in our gifted preschools!

Desert Cove Elementary
First Thursday of the month between 10:15 and 11 a.m.
Teacher: Sarah Torrilhon, M.Ed. email:

Fireside Elementary
The first Wednesday of the month between 11:15 a.m. to noon. Teacher: Kelley Gmelich at

Gifted Preschool Children by the National Association for Gifted Children

Parents Magazine article "How to tell if your child is Gifted" (PDF)

Early signs of
by Linda Silverman, Ph.D.

PV Gifted Preschool in the news:

Raising AZ Kids story

CBS 5 story

KTAR story

AZ Family news story

Gifted preschool flier (PDF)


Elementary parent information checklist for PV Schools Gifted Education Services (PDF)

Use the checklist to help you determine whether to have your child tested for gifted identification.


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