Gifted Education in Kingman Unified School District

“Gifted and talented children are those by virtue of outstanding abilities are capable of high performance.  These children who require differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their potential contribution to self and society.”

Instructional approaches which offer a wide variety of uniquely different experiences appropriate to GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) students are utilized at all levels. All students experience the District’s Core Curriculum which is based on the Arizona state standards. The GATE program offers differentiation, which means an adjustment of curriculum and instruction by using one or more of the following dimensions:

  • Depth – venturing further, deeper and more elaborately into an area of study.
  • Complexity – making connections, finding relationships and associations across subjects and disciplines.
  • Novelty – individualized construction of meaning and opportunities to share what they know creatively.
  • Acceleration/Pacing – altering the speed of learning and more sophisticated resources.
  • Projects and studies are based upon students’ abilities and interests.

Elementary Programs

Cluster Class – a regular classroom with a group of 5 or more GATE students. Students are serviced with an ongoing and challenging curriculum with in the classroom.

Individual Instructional Program – (Gifted IEP) a regular classroom setting with a specifically designed and differentiated program agreed to by the student, parent and teacher.

All schools within the district provide services based on the needs of each school. It is up to each school to determine which model meets their needs. Generally, these decisions are based on the number of identified students at that school.

Secondary Programs

At the middle school level, students must take at least one honors class. Subject areas are English, math, science, language arts, and social studies.

At the high school level, students take honors, advanced placement classes and dual credit courses.

If you have any questions about the services being offered to the gifted students in the Kingman Unifed School District, please contact the Director of Curriculum, Mary Ann Smith. She can be reached at Academic Services, 753-6296.