Gifted and Talented / Honors

MPS Program Mission Statement

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. Parents must complete a GT testing request form and submit it to the Taylor Counseling department. Any student scoring at the 97th percentile or above on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is considered "Gifted" and and any student scoring from the 90th-96th percentile, and who has additional indicators of academic aptitude, is considered "Talented." Both qualify for differentiated instruction provided through placement in our honors classes.


Taylor's Gifted and Talented and Honors Policies

Based on student's CogAT test results, students may qualify for our Humanities Block (Honors English Language Arts, Honors Social Studies) and/or our Math/Science Block (Accelerated Math, Honors Science). If they qualify through CogAT results, they are guaranteed placement.

"Honors Placement Request Form"

**If a parent would like their student in honors classes who is NOT gifted/talented as defined by the CogAT, they may fill out an honors request form for consideration for placement. The student's data will be reviewed by the Gifted committee at Taylor and a determination will be made. All of these placements are contingent upon acceptance by the Gifted committee, and available room in honors classes. Likewise, these students may be exited from the program if they are unable to keep up with an honors-level pace in the classroom.



Testing Dates for 2019:  

                                                                 •    Friday, May 3rd, 1-4pm
                                                                 •    Tuesday, July 30, 1-4pm
                                                                 •    Friday, November 14, 1-4pm

Please Note:

  • All parent permission paperwork needs to be submitted 1 week prior to test date
  • Arrive by 12:45 if coming from another location
  • Students may not test more than once per year

Contact Mrs. Castillo with any questions you may have.

480-472-1506 or


Click Here    Gifted and Talented Testing Request

Click Here    Parent Permission To Test Form - English

Click Here    Parent Permission To Test Form - Spanish


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