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Gifted Education


     The Florence Unified School District #1 is committed to special programming for students to help them develop their extraordinary abilities. This district recognizes that gifted students have unique interests, needs, and talents. Our mission is to provide optimal development of the gifted students’ intellectual, emotional, and social abilities and to honor the diversity among all students through a differentiated and challenging curriculum.

    According to the State of Arizona, “gifted child means a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs special instruction, or special ancillary service, or both, to achieve at levels commensurate with his/her intellect and ability.”

    To better meet the needs of your child, we will introduce a program that is more appropriately designed to prepare and deliver instructional experiences for children in our Talented And Gifted (TAG) program.

Information About Gifted Education
  • Eligibility
    The Florence Unified School District #1 has adopted a multi-criteria procedure to maximize student identification as gifted learners. Verifiable previous enrollment in a gifted program qualifies a student for placement. Testing is available three times during the school year.

  • Referrals
    Students may be considered for testing through referral by parents/guardians, students, teachers, or themselves.

    Students who score at or above the 95th percentile on any section of a standardized achievement test may qualify for further testing.

  • Testing
    For additional information regarding testing, please contact Kelly Smith .

  • Serving Grades K-6
    The Florence Unified School District #1 utilizes a "cluster" model that allows identified gifted students to be placed together in a classroom where a differentiated curriculum appropriate to the students' needs is ongoing. Consultation with a district specialist is available to classroom teachers for meeting specific needs of students, district expectations, and state requirements. A differentiated curriculum may include:

  • Serving Grades 7-12
    Students in grades 7 through 12 receive differentiated curriculum through placement in honors classes in each of the academic disciplines. Students are clustered into homogeneous groups for instruction and heterogeneous groups for enrichment. AP classes, accelerated learning, and individualized learning opportunities are available when appropriate.

Contact Us

For more information about the program specifics, contact the appropriate school or the district gifted education:

(480) 987-5380

Circle Cross Ranch
(480) 987-7600 

Copper Basin
(480) 888-7500

 Florence K-8
(520) 866-3540
Magma Ranch
(520) 868-7300 
Skyline Ranch
(480) 888-7520

Walker Butte

Florence High School   

(520) 866-3560 

Poston Butte High School 
(480) 474-6100
San Tan Heights
San Tan Foothills
Mt. Vista Academy

District Gifted Education Coordinator:  Kelly Smith
Gifted Records:  Kathy Papworth- 520-866-3539

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