Gifted Education Program in Surprise AZ

Leah Bowers - 6th Grade Teacher

Gifted Education

Gifted learners, according to the U.S. Department of Education, 1993, are “children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.”

To qualify for gifted services, a student must score 97% or above on the CogAT. The CogAT is one of several state mandated tests to determine placement in a gifted program in Arizona.

Testing for gifted placement takes place twice a year in the fall and spring for grades 2-8.

Once a student qualifies, the gifted coordinator sees the gifted students at least once a week. The gifted program focuses on problem-based learning opportunities, creative and critical thinking tasks, deductive and lateral thinking tasks, social & emotional learning opportunities, and student choice projects. This program emphasizes extending the learning of our gifted population and ensure that they receive challenging opportunities to think in various ways.

Leah Bowers coordinates our Gifted Education programs. Mrs. Bowers has been the President of the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT)-Northwest Valley Supporters of Gifted (NVSG) and has been with Calibre Academy for 17 years. Please contact Mrs. Bowers at for additional information.



It is an educational program offered by Calibre Academy, specifically designed for exceptionally gifted and talented students.
Gifted is alive and thriving at Calibre Academy! Students with exceptional gifts and talent are placed into the Gifted Program, where they are offered gifted services.
Students who score 97% or above on the CogAT qualify for the gifted education program. The CogAT is one of several state-mandated tests to determine placement in a gifted program in Arizona.

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