Your Gifted Child Deserves a Gifted Education
WHY OUR GIFTED PROGRAM?
The STCS Gifted program offers tuition-free schooling for 1st-12th grade, with Gifted identification as young as Kindergarten. Our self-contained Elementary and Middle School programs ensure your Gifted student gets the attention, stimulation, and challenge needed to thrive in a school setting. As your student transitions to High School, we offer advanced classes, extensive electives, and academic competitions.
Prior to identification, most Gifted students face a daily academic and social struggle that can impede their emotional, creative and intellectual development. At San Tan, we bring these students into the Gifted Program as soon as possible so they can begin to thrive in the right environment for their personal and academic development. We implement a multi-faceted approach for gifted identification, which you can learn more about here.
GIFTED STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Oskar participated in San Tan’s Gifted program from an early age and recently graduated valedictorian of his class. Read his story.
INTERACTIVE LEARNING IN ACTION
Elementary students worked together to recreate an archaeological dig site on the Recker Campus. For their Social Studies standards, the 3rd and 4th graders created an ancient culture complete with all aspects of community – religious, art, cooking, clothing, myths, currency, number systems, government etc. They made artifacts for the community, made from things like clay, fabric, and paper. Their timeline was three-four weeks and included writing about their cultures and creating PowerPoints.
After their part was done, the artifacts were buried in an on-campus “sand lot,” and the 1st and 2nd graders took their turn! They had two weeks to excavate the artifacts and determine what it could be. Was it a tool? How was it used in the community? What kind of community were they excavating? Mountainous? Farming? River? Religion?
After the excavation, all grades came together to discuss the clues, their findings, and determine if the 1st and 2nd Graders were right.
After the project ended, the grades created a museum with the labeled artifacts and PowerPoints from the older grades. Parents were invited to tour the museum and watch the presentations that each class presented.
Middle School Gifted students took their learning deeper by not only learning about our solar system, but about different planet types, composition, location, moons, and much more.
Students created and designed their own planets and life forms based on a creative theme of their choice. They also developed travel brochures around their theme to advertise and sell the planet. Then, students built models of their planets, incorporating the elements from their creative theme. The planets were hung in the classroom at a proper distance from the class sun using calculations including gravity.
Finally, students presented and sold their planets to parents during the Science Learning Celebration. The classroom lights were covered by constellations and the class sun glowed with sunlight appearing behind it. Parents traveled from planet to planet learning about the children’s scientific knowledge and were amazed by the creativity presented in the class solar system.
Recently our Junior High & High School Gifted programs participated in a geological disaster project. In this project, an asteroid was plummeting to Earth and students needed to locate a geological area that would be safest from the incoming asteroid. During this process, students learned about trajectory, how the asteroid composition and size would affect a planet, what would happen to the planet and how long it would take the planet to recover.
The next phase involved students learning about Earth’s geological makeup. Students located the best area to build an underground colony. Students studied the various rock types, elevations, natural water resources and much more to help them locate an optimal location to build their colony. Then, students designed their colonies with sleeping areas, cafeterias, medical assistance, plumbing, water filtering and waste removal, air filtering, greenhouses, farm areas for animal preservation, electrical generation, and much more.
Once students identified all of the human, animal, and plant needs, they began constructing an actual model of their design, including working plumbing and electrical wiring. The colonies were very impressive and the thought and creativity placed into the design was deeply conveyed!
Love everything about this school. Students have their own individual learning plans. Couldn't ask for a better school for my child.Parent
My granddaughter has excelled in this school. She loves to get up and be there.Grandparent
This school has been a blessing for our family. Can't wait to see what the future holds for this place. My daughter will graduate a Roadrunner!!!Parent
So grateful to have found this school where all three of our kids will be able to go for K-12. Love the various classroom options and the Love and Logic used throughout the school. Thank you!Parent
We’ve been very happy since moving our daughter to STCS two years ago. She feels very successful academically. Great supportive teachers and staff. We’ve had a great middle school experience and we’re looking forward to her joining the new campus.Parent of 7th grader
Great administration, great teachers, fun sports and activities, the gifted program and the mainstream program are both AMAZING. Been here for years, so glad we found the school. They are great educators. Highly recommend.Parent of student’s in 7th & 4th
Without a doubt best school in Gilbert! Caring staff and teachers! They always teach outside the box!Parent
Between all 4 of my kids attending San Tan, we have officially been in every grade between K-12th!!! I have loved it all, and am so proud of how San Tan has grown…it just keeps getting BETTER!Parent of students in 2nd, 4th, 10th, 12th
Great school. Truly has the kids education as the highest priority.Parent
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