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Gifted Education Program

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If you would like your student tested for the Gifted Education Program click HERE.

Gifted Scope and Sequence 

The Governing Board approved the scope and sequence on May 10, 2021. Click here to view the document.

The mission of the Liberty Elementary School District’s gifted education program is to meet the social-emotional and academic needs of each of our identified gifted and talented students by providing rich learning opportunities to enhance their potential to become innovative thinkers, community leaders and lifelong learners through a continuum of differentiated services.

Gifted Referral Process and Schedule

Gifted testing is offered three times per academic year.  Recommendations for testing may be made by a parent, teacher, or administrator. All testing requires parent permission.  If you would like your child tested, please complete the form here.  Your child will be tested at his/her school during one of the three regular testing periods using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) or the Naglieri.  Students may only test once per academic year.

Testing Period Test Form Due by
Testing Period 1: 
September 8-17
CogAT Gifted August 25
Testing Period 2: 
January 5 - 14
CogAT Gifted December 1
May 28- April 1
CogAT Pre-Screener

*Opt out March 7

April 11 - 22
CogAT Post-Screener N/A
Testing Period 3: 
May 2 - 13
CogAT Gifted  April 11

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Jacobs, District Assessment Coordinator, at or (623) 474-6656.


The Liberty Elementary School District recognizes that gifted students have unique educational needs that are met by educating the whole child through a variety of services and options. The role of the gifted program is to identify gifted students and to challenge them at their individual academic level while teaching creative and higher-level thinking skills.

Program Objectives

  • Enhance critical thinking and reasoning abilities

  • Utilize differentiated strategies for learning

  • Build and extend cognitive language skills

  • Facilitate opportunities for learning

  • Establish and promote scholarly behavior

  • Develop social and emotional skills

Gifted Students

A gifted student is a student who scores at or above the ninety-seventh (97th) percentile on national norms in any one of three areas: verbal, nonverbal, or quantitative, on any test from the State Board-approved list. 

Contact Information

If you have further questions regarding the program, please feel free to speak with your child's teacher, school principal, or you may contact the Educational Services Department at (623) 474-6600.


Gifted Education Program Lead Teacher

Blue Horizons Elementary School
Erin Bejarano

Estrella Mountain Elementary School
Zuzana Finn

Freedom Elementary School
Loren Velasquez

Las Brisas Academy
Loren Velazquez

Liberty Elementary School
Alyssa Nunez

Rainbow Valley Elementary School
Lezlee Garvey

Westar Elementary School
Connie Crowley