Self-Contained Grades 1-6

The Self-contained Gifted program in Paradise Valley is designed for high-achieving, highly and profoundly gifted students who are working at least two grade levels beyond their current grade. Gifted students who are radically accelerated in academics and highly motivated to learn, thrive in this program.   

Students in the Self Contained Program participate in daily special areas (art, music, and PE), lunch and recess with other grade-level classes. Students have included grade-level activities and field trips.

Please see the links to our other gifted programs (provided at every PV elementary school) to determine which program best fits the learning needs of your child. Gifted Program Mentor, ElizaBeth Warner, provides support and training for the Self Contained Gifted Program teachers. The Self Contained Gifted Program teaches students thoughtful, in-depth analysis in a problem-based interdisciplinary curriculum that cultivates habits of intellectualism. A balanced approach blends curriculum and individual student needs to prepare students for success at national levels.

Parent Note: Read about transitioning from Self Contained Gifted Preschool and Kindergarten into the elementary programs.

Qualifications for Gifted Self Contained Programs for Grades 1-6

The PVSchools self-contained gifted program serves high achieving, highly and profoundly gifted students in grades 1-6. Students qualifying for this program must have:

  • Scores (on a state-approved gifted test) of 97%+ in two of the three areas: verbal, quantitative, and/or nonverbal area(s), with the third score being 90 or higher
    OR
  • IQ of 140+
    PLUS
  • Demonstrate accelerated learning needs that are two years beyond grade level
  • AzMerit results that meet or exceed grade-level standards (grades 3 – 6)

Criteria for current ELL students:

  • A score of 97%+ on a state-approved nonverbal ability test (preferably NNAT2), plus a score of 97% in reading and mathematics on the Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test administered one grade level ahead of the student’s current grade level.
    OR
  • IQ of 140+
    PLUS
  • Demonstrate accelerated learning needs that are two years beyond grade level
  • AzMerit results that meet or exceed grade-level standards (grades 3 – 6)

Special consideration will be made for students with IEPs and 504s.

The Self Contained Gifted Program Curriculum

 Please view our brief overview of the self-contained gifted program curriculum for grades K-6. 

Locations

Desert Cove Elementary School

11020 N. 28th St.
Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Desert Trails Elementary School

4315 E. Cashman Dr.
Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Fireside Elementary School

3725 E. Lone Cactus Dr.
Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

North Ranch Elementary School

16406 N. 61st Pl.
Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Sonoran Sky Elementary School

12990 N. 75th St.
Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.