Kindergarten Self Contained Gifted and Talented

Note to Parents:

Please read about 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.

Kindergarten Students And Teacher Sitting In Circle | Teacher Reaching Into ABC Box


Desert Cove Elementary

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

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

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

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