About Bright Beginnings Kindergarten

    Deer Valley Gifted Services is pleased to continue to offer our full-day, self-contained Bright Beginnings Kindergarten programs for the 2023-24 school year. Bright Beginnings Kindergarten is offered at Canyon Springs STEM Academy, Highland Lakes School, and Las Brisas Gifted Academy. Bright Beginnings Kindergarten is taught by an experienced, Highly Qualified, and Gifted Endorsed teacher. The program builds from all of our standard Deer Valley curriculum as well as supplemental gifted and advanced materials to provide an enriched learning environment for students.  Content areas of emphasis include: STEM (Canyon Springs), Music (Highland Lakes), and Global Studies (Las Brisas).  In Bright Beginnings, individualized approaches to instruction are the norm, ALL within a smaller than average class size. 

    NOTE:  The Bright Beginnings Kindergarten Program is designed for children who are identified as gifted or demonstrate gifted potential according to a state-approved gifted assessment.  Although not part of the Renaissance Highly Gifted Academies, the Bright Beginnings Kindergarten program provides an excellent starting point for future placement within one of our many DVUSD Gifted Programs.

  • Entry Criteria

    • Be age 5 by August 31st
    • Students must test at or above the 90% percentile on a state-approved gifted identification test.


    Approval Process:

    If your child has gifted test scores on a state-approved test at or above the 90% percentile:

    • Email your gifted test scores to Giftedservices@dvusd.org  
    • Complete the online application
    • Gifted Services will review the online application and gifted testing documents
    • If Gifted Services approves placement, our office will:
      • contact the school to share placement (Canyon Springs, Highland Lakes, or Las Brisas) 
      • provide families with a confirmation letter
    • Once approved, parents should register at the school


    Register at the School:

    • Register at any of our schools www.dvusd.org/registration
    • Use the results letter to verify gifted placement
    • Bright Beginnings Kindergarten will place the first 20 qualified students.  Students are placed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


  • Click below to complete our online application!

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  • Overview Video

  • A Look Into The Classroom At Canyon Springs

  • A Look Into The Classroom aT Highland Lakes