Gifted and Honors Education
- Gifted Program Overview
- Parent Information
- Parent Permission to Test
- Parent Handbook
- Parent and Student Resources and Presentations
LITCHFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT GIFTED PROGRAM
Please view the following 13 minute video for General Gifted Information. This presentation includes recognizing gifted traits, gifted testing, and meeting the needs of gifted learners. This video has Closed Captions. After opening the video, click on the CC icon at the bottom of the video. You will know that it is on because there will be a red line under CC.
The Litchfield Elementary School District is dedicated to the task of providing challenging programs appropriate for all ability levels. Specialized instruction will be provided to serve the needs of gifted students. Litchfield Elementary School District ensures that classrooms are responsive to the unique needs of diverse gifted learners and ensures a positive classroom environment that values and honors each student’s unique learning style. The program complies with the Arizona Law that mandates that school districts identify gifted students as those scoring at the 97th percentile or above on any one of the three batteries of the Cognitive Abilities Test or on any other state approved appropriate test administered by Litchfield Elementary District personnel for placement.
Benefits of Gifted Education
Challenges children to reach their potential
- Promotes academic rigor
- Develops and maintains an interest in school
- Improves creativity and problem-solving abilities
- Broadens experiences and horizons
- Creates a positive atmosphere for learning
- Provides appropriate pacing
- Allows for association with children of similar interests and abilities
- Encourages active participation
- Provides a context for application of classroom learning to real life Problem-solving.
Servicing Gifted Students
In grades K-8 students are serviced through an accelerated Traditional Academy Program, clustered within a general education classroom, or through the middle school Honor's Program (grades 6-8). All programs emphasize tasks and activities that involve logical thinking, reasoning skills, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving through enrichment and/or acceleration.
Gifted Program Parent Information
LESD Gifted Email Group
The purpose of this email group is to maintain communication with parents of identified gifted students in the Litchfield Elementary School District.
Resources for Educators & Parents During COVID-19 (from NAGC)
These resources, which may be updated on an ongoing basis, may be accessed using the links below.
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has compiled a series of online resources to support educators and parents as schools are impacted due safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The following is from the NAGC website:
NAGC seeks to provide information to educators, parents, caregivers, and mental health providers who are supporting gifted children during this unprecedented time. NAGC has turned to trusted partners, such as state gifted associations, publishing partners, and/or leaders within the gifted community, for recommended resources. However, the information provided here, except those resources published by NAGC, have not been vetted by the association, nor should they be viewed as an endorsement or as approved by NAGC.
The NAGC is neither associated with nor endorsed by The Litchfield Elementary School District.
You will also find updated gifted education news and resources for teachers, administrators and parents of gifted learners at www.azed.gov/gifte
Parent Request for Gifted Testing
Parents can request that their child be tested for the Gifted program. If you would like your child tested, please fill out the form provided on the link below and turn it in to the school where you child attends. The Gifted Coordinator at your school will then test your child during one of the three regular testing periods.
Click on the link for the form, Parent Permission for Gifted Testing Form
Thank you for your interest in the Litchfield Elementary School District Honors Program.
Each middle school campus offers an Honors Program for students who are interested in a more rigorous curriculum and pace. Any student interested in being considered for entrance into the LESD Honors Program will need to complete an application for admittance into the program.
Middle School Honors applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available below, at the school campuses, and electronically from your child's homeroom teacher on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
Completed applications may be emailed or personally delivered to the middle school to which your child is applying by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021.
Applicant notifications will take place the week of May 3, 2021 via email.
For more information on this program, please click below.