Gifted Education
Congress Elementary School provides extended learning programs for gifted students. Services mandated by the State of Arizona include expanded academic course offerings and differentiated instruction. Students eligible for the gifted program must meet the State of Arizona’s criteria as stated here:

“Students shall be served who score at or above the 97th percentile on national norms in any one of three areas – verbal, non-verbal, or quantitative reasoning – on any test from the state board approved list.”

Students may be referred to the gifted program by performance on a standardized achievement test, or referral by a teacher, parent or themselves. Parent permission for qualification testing is required. Results of testing are shared within 30 days of the test date. Upon request parents may have test results explained in depth. The gifted program provides enrichment through integrated curriculum, accelerated courses or placement, and field trips. The differentiated instruction emphasizes the development of higher order thinking skills.