Gifted Education Program

Desert Heights Charter Schools is proud to provide a challenging environment for students identified as Gifted, as measured by one of the state-approved assessments of cognitive abilities, by offering appropriate gifted education services that may be different from the regular classroom program; specifically, in content, process, product, and learning environment. As gifted students are gifted “all day, every day,” gifted instruction is provided as an integrated, differentiated learning experience during the regular school day. The program is designed to promote the optimum development of each student’s intellectual, emotional, and social abilities and to honor the diversity among the identified gifted students. 

Desert Heights Charter Schools provides routine screening using one of state-approved assessments, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). To meet the state definition of giftedness, a student must earn a score of 97% or higher in at least one of the three areas-verbal, nonverbal, or quantitative reasoning.

For more information, please visit the following resources or e-mail our school coordinator:

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Sue Otto

ESEA Coordinator (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)