Program Goals & Philosophy
Mesa's Extended Learning Program (ELP) is designed to challenge intellectually and academically gifted students. The goal is to extend critical and creative thinking skills and self-direction. The program emphasizes research, effective communication, and collaboration. ELP students practice these skills and learn to integrate ideas across many disciplines.
Gifted Program Offerings by Grade Level
Services provided by Mesa Public Schools for gifted students are based on the student grade level:
K-2 Early Elementary
In-class assistance: materials, groups, counseling; specific area ability grouping as determined by classroom teacher, parents, and gifted specialist for identified students. For more information, contact the ELP liaison, Marian Bass, at the ELP main office.
3-6 Upper Elementary
ELP: Student leaves regular classroom one day per week to attend Extended Learning Program class at the student's school or a nearby Mesa Public School (with transportation provided).
In class: specific area ability grouping as determined by classroom teacher, parents, and gifted specialist for identified students.