Gifted Education

A gifted pupil means a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is in need of additional learning opportunities in the regular classroom to achieve at levels commensurate with the child’s intellect and ability.
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Gifted Education is defined as a program with appropriate academic lessons and a framework that is an integral part of the regular school day and is commensurate with the academic abilities and potential of a gifted pupil.

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Joseph City Unified School District does not currently have a pull-out program for gifted pupils. The District would assess students through the following areas for having high academic potential: (1) Scores on standardized testing, (2) Teacher referrals, (3) Parent referrals, and (4) Overall academic performance.  (5) Other district approved assessments such as the CogAT or RAVEN tests.  Pupils would be considered “Gifted” if they test in the 97th percentile in any of the three test areas on a District approved test: Verbal, Quantitative, or Non-Verbal Skills.

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To address the concepts of “giftedness” amongst our student population our district focuses on small class sizes, differentiation of coursework, and program offerings that allow students to develop their personal gifts (i.e. clubs, accelerated programs, AP classes, college and career readiness classes, tutorial options, etc.) In addition to the above, JCUSD implements an Individual Gifted Plan for every identified gifted pupil. These plans are implemented each year and reviewed quarterly with parents and students.

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More information can be found by contacting Bryan Fields at (928) 288-3307 or by visiting the Arizona Department of Education’s gifted website at https://www.azed.gov/gifted-education/