Cluster Grouping for Gifted Students

Monday, June 17, 2019

Sandpiper Elementary utilizes the Cluster Grouping Model in grades K-3 and a Content Replacement Model for identified students in grades 4-6.

For grades K-3, gifted learners will be purposefully grouped with like-minded peers in both traditional and Dual Language Spanish Immersion (DLSI) classrooms. All classes utilize the cluster grouping structures that are in place at schools throughout Paradise Valley. Students will receive differentiated learning opportunities in their cluster classrooms to ensure that advanced learning needs are met. Gifted Cluster teachers will meet monthly with the Gifted Specialist on site to focus on how to best meet the needs of these learners in the regular classroom. 

In 4th grade, gifted students in both traditional and DLSI classrooms will receive daily content replacement services in Reading with the Gifted Specialist. All 4th-grade gifted students will also receive enrichment in math each day during their content replacement reading block, while still receiving their full hour of math instruction with their 4th grade teacher.

In 5th and 6th grade, gifted students in both traditional and DLSI classrooms will receive daily content replacement services in Reading and/or Math.

Thank you for your continued support as we seek to provide a rigorous and challenging learning environment for all learners at Sandpiper.

Our gifted program targets the following academic objectives:

  • Promote critical thinking and reasoning abilities.
  • Develop and expand thinking skills.
  • Utilize differentiated strategies for learning.
  • Build/extend cognitive language skills.
  • Facilitate opportunities for learning.

For more information on gifted services in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, visit the Gifted Department’s website.