• Welcome to SAGE!

      At Sunset Ridge, our gifted program utilizes the SPARK model.  Our gifted specialist sees our identified gifted students Monday through Friday during their daily RTI time.  Students will work on thinking strategies, divergent thinking, levels of creativity, and so on.  Students will read a variety of literature, work on Problem Based Learning projects, and complete activities to encourage independence and self-advocacy.     


     Mrs. Coiro
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     Gifted Specialist:
    Vicki Coiro
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    2023-2024 Schedule
    9-00-10:00 2nd walk up math
    10:00-10:30 pull 4th Writing
    10:30-12:00 Lunch/Prep
    12:00-12:30  Pull 2nd ELA
    12:30-1:00 Pull 3rd ELA
    1:00-1:30 Pull 6th ELA
    1:30-2:00 Pull 5th ELA
    2:00-3:30 4th walk up students


      Testing DVUSD Students

      DVUSD offers testing for gifted identification three times per year at all K-6 and K-8 schools. We honor parents' requests for gifted testing but recommend that parents first read the Characteristics of Gifted Students. Should you decide to have your child tested, contact the SAGE teacher or Gifted Coach at your school. For more information about the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the testing process, visit DVUSD's Gifted Services page.

      The next testing cycle will be at the end of November where I will test all 2nd graders.

      Testing Students Not Enrolled in a DVUSD School
      DVUSD provides testing for a fee for students enrolled in a charter or private school or neighboring district schools. We will schedule out of district students for testing at the DVUSD District Office. Please call 623-445-5000.

      Outside Testing
      DVUSD accepts any gifted identification assessment that is approved by the state board of education and administered by a trained and qualified administrator. Submit your report to Mrs. Ellis and it will be submitted to the district for verification.

      Students New to DVUSD

      When you enroll your student in a DVUSD school, it is important that you notify the office staff and of your child’s gifted status. Services can continue without delay if you provide documentation of gifted test scores. With a verified gifted identification report, your child will be placed in a gifted cluster classroom upon enrollment.

      If you are new to the state and your child was tested using an identification tool that is not acknowledged in Arizona, you will need to refer your child to take the Cognitive Abilities Test. Please bring any documentation that you have, and communicate with the school's registrar and SAGE teacher or Gifted Coach regarding your child’s status and history with gifted identification.

      What If Your Child Does Not Qualify for Gifted Services? 

      Test administration guidelines require that 12 months pass before the same test is administered again. It is generally recommended to wait two years before retesting. If the student scores are in the high 80’s to mid 90’s, parents and teachers may consider retesting in the future. Retesting a child more than twice usually does not provide drastically different results. Keep in mind that high grades and/or high scores on standardized achievement tests are not necessarily indicators that a student is gifted. You may find the following article informative:
      The High Achiever, The Gifted Learner, The Creative Thinker.