(Formerly the Extended Learning Program)
Arizona Definition of Gifted and Talented
A gifted child is defined as "any child of lawful school age who displays superior intellect, advanced learning ability or both and who needs special instruction and services to reach appropriate levels of achievement."
Arizona Mandated Services
- Gifted services must be provided to students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the verbal, quantitative, or spatial subtest of a state approved test.
- Gifted students must be provided special education services commensurate with academic ability and potential through differentiated instruction in content, process, product and/or learning environment.
- Teachers of the gifted must have a gifted endorsement from the state.
MPS Program Mission
MPS gifted education department is committed to providing appropriate services for students who require differentiated educational services beyond those normally provided by our regular school program. Opportunities for depth and acceleration are offered to meet both affective and cognitive needs of our gifted and talented students. MPS follows the National Association for Gifted Children NAGC Standards for Quality Gifted Education Programs.
MPS Program Eligibility
Testing for the gifted and talented program on a state approved test is offered three times during each school year. Any student scoring at the 97th percentile or above qualifies for differentiated instruction provided through numerous service options.