• Self-Contained Gifted and Talented Kindergarten

    PARENT NOTE: Please read transitioning from the self-contained Preschool and Kindergarten gifted programs into the Elementary programs.

    See the testing and application process for Gifted Preschool and self-contained Kindergarten programs.

    About Self-Contained Gifted Classrooms

    Parents must provide their own transportation.

    Self-contained kindergarten classes are designed for high-achieving gifted and talented students. Students work beyond grade level with intellectual peers and are taught by teachers who are Early Childhood Certified and hold a Gifted Endorsement. Students in this specialized kindergarten also participate in the school’s special areas and are included in all grade-level activities and field trips.

    To qualify for the self-contained gifted program, students must have an IQ of 128 or higher or gifted test scores of 97 or higher in one of these three areas: verbal, quantitative, and/or non-verbal. Transportation is not provided.

    • Accelerated curriculum
    • Shared inquiry/Socratic questioning
    • Problem-based learning
    • Elements of reasoning
    • Technology integration
    • Emphasis on critical and creative thinking
    • Individualization
    • Core content/enrichment

    Gifted kindergartners are also served in the Gifted Cluster classes.

  • Self-Contained Kindergarten Program Locations

    Desert Cove Elementary School 

    • 11020 N 28th St.
    • Hours 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    • Before and After School childcare offered in Mascot Cougar Club
    • Visit the school website

    Desert Trails Elementary School 

    • 4315 E Cashman Dr.
    • Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    • Before and after school childcare offered in the Mascot Club
    • Visit the school website

    Fireside Elementary School

    • 3725 E Lone Cactus Dr.
    • Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    • Before and after school childcare offered in the Mascot Club
    • Visit the school website

    North Ranch Elementary School

    • 16406 N 61st Pl.
    • Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    • Before and after school childcare offered in the Wrangler Club
    • Visit the school website

    Sonoran Sky Elementary School

    • 12990 N 75th St. 
    • Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    • Before and after school childcare offered in the Mascot Club
    • Visit the school website
Kids in a Gifted Kindergarten Classroom participating in Circle time