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Gifted Services

Based on the unique needs and characteristics of students identified as gifted, the mission of the Dysart Unified School District is to provide an array of services to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of these students in our community.  The district aims to deliver educational programs designed to assist gifted individuals to achieve their full potential in intellectual pursuits, community leadership, and creativity.  

Organizational Structure - Gifted All Day, Every Day

Each school has Gifted Lead Teachers at every grade level and a Gifted Mentor on each campus.  Gifted Lead Teachers and Gifted Mentors are provided with professional development in gifted education and collaborate with colleagues through regularly scheduled meetings for the purpose of planning and implementing differentiated curriculum and instruction. In this model, gifted students receive differentiated curriculum and instruction on a daily basis.

Program features: 

  • Emphasis on 21st Century Skills
  • Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking
  • Integrated technology
  • Personalization
  • Core content
  • Enrichment

Gifted Student Conference

Dysart gifted students have a very unique opportunity each year in the form of the Dysart Gifted Student Conference. This is a conference like the ones that we as adults would attend. There is a keynote speaker, break-out sessions on many topics to choose from and a showcase of student work. Gifted students from 7th/8th grades from every school are bused in to take part.​

Gifted Testing Dates and Specifics for 2024-2025

The follow date windows indicate Gifted testing schedules for the school year.  Students may only be tested one time per calendar year.  Parents will generally receive notice of testing results within four weeks following  the closing of the testing window.  Parents must sign for permission for  their student to be tested for gifted services.   

  • Fall 2023 - September 9-September 27:  Gifted Testing for any student (1st-8th) that is referred to include those new to DUSD and 4th grade students identified through universal screener
  • Winter 2023 - November 4-November 29: Gifted Testing for any student (1st-8th) that is referred
  • Spring - March 3-March 28: Gifted Testing for any student (K-8th) that is referred

Students may be referred for gifted screening by the teacher, principal, or the parent of a K-8 student, at any time by completing a referral form.  Students may also nominate themselves.  Nominated students are then tested in verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal areas using a state-approved test.

Students receiving gifted services must meet the following qualifications: 

Students who score at the 97th percentile or above in Verbal and Quantitative or Non-Verbal subtests of a state approved test of cognitive ability will be offered Notice of Differentiation (NOD) services following the School wide Cluster Grouping Model (Winebrenner and Brulles, 2008). 

Areas of identification include: 

  • Quantitative - Student tends to think logically in terms of numbers and pieces of mathematical information. 
  • Verbal - Student has the ability to effectively use words and language. 
  • Non Verbal - Student tends to be highly skilled  in regard to spatial awareness and abstract thinking through the use of mental images. 

Notice of Differentiation (NOD) services will be provided within the regular classroom by the regular classroom teacher.  Support for NODs are provided by the Teaching and Learning Specialist and Gifted Instructional Technology Assistants. 

New Students: 

Parents must provide documentation of test scores on an Arizona approved test. A list of these tests is provided on the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) website.   Test scores will be evaluated by the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coordinator responsible for Gifted Education or a designee to determine whether the student is eligible to  receive gifted services under the Gifted criteria defined by DUSD Governing Board Policy.

Gifted Resources