As parents ask questions about giftedness and our program, I am adding some of the questions and answers below. I hope this will turn into a great resource for everyone.
What does Canyon Springs offer for gifted students besides the Renaissance program?
We offer SAGE ELA and Math Acceleration for qualified students. SAGE ELA is taught by the Gifted Specialist and Accelerated Math is team taught by the grade level Gifted Cluster Teacher who is supported by the Gifted Specialist.
When can my child be tested?
- Canyon Springs tests three times a year
- Testing usually takes place on campus in September, January, & March
- The district office also conducts testing in the summer
Can my child retest?
Yes, students can retest; however, tests can only be taken once per calendar year
What does it look like?
Grades K-3: Most gifted students at CS are clustered together for the entire school day. The only exception may be during the flexible grouping of Math & Reading. All of our K-3 gifted students are clustered together (with a gifted trained teacher) for Writing, Science, & Social Studies. They are also clustered together in their homerooms for PE, Spanish, Art, & Music.
Reading and Math are flex-grouped based on ability for all students. Flex grouping means that students are placed and then moved to different classrooms based on their needs and abilities. This placement is flexible and students are moved regularly based on their individual needs and the units being taught.
In grades K-2, students stay in their grade levels but are placed in one of the three classes. The gifted cluster teacher usually teaches the most advanced class/units. The gifted specialist pulls gifted identified students weekly for enrichment.
Grades 4-6: Students are clustered together and then travel as a group through the different subjects/classes. They are all together for Writing, Social Studies, Science, Art, P.E., Spanish & Music and are placed in different Math & Reading classes based on their gifted qualifications and abilities. (Band is also available starting in 5th grade.)
Grades 7 & 8: Students are placed in advanced classes provided they meet the criteria for each class. CS offers advanced classes in Math, English, Science, & Social Studies. A child can be placed into just one or up to all four advanced classes.
When will my child be placed in SAGE ELA (Reading), Advanced Math, Renaissance, and/or Gifted Cluster?
- Once Verbal scores of 95% or higher (on a state/district approved test) are available to the gifted specialist.
- SAGE usually begins toward the end of the first week of school or the beginning of the second week.
- If scores come in after SAGE has begun, the gifted specialist will arrange a schedule change for the student. To minimalize disruptions to the students and classes, we prefer to test at the end of the school year for placement in the following year. (Students also seem to score higher later in the school year!)
Separate from SAGE and cluster grouping we also have an acceleration program where students grades 3-8 can move up a level for math.
-Qualifying as gifted does not automatically qualify a student for acceleration. There is a separate assessment along with a rubric we use to see if a student should accelerate. The separate assessment (to understand the student's knowledge base) is given at the end of the school year for placement in the following year.
-If a student is new to CS, we will test the first week of school and follow the rubric for placement. Placement usually begins toward the end of the first week of school or the beginning of the second week.
- Letters of placement will be sent home in the first couple weeks of school.
- Once a score of 90% or higher (on a state/district approved test for any of the three sections tested) are available to the gifted specialist.
- If scores come in after the school year has begun, the gifted specialist will arrange a schedule change for the student. To minimalize disruptions to the students and classes, we prefer to test at the end of the school year for placement in the following year. (Students also seem to score higher later in the school year!)
- Applications and timelines must be followed. Placements will take place after students are accepted into the program.