Alpine School District

Gifted Services

The mission of the educators and administrators of Alpine School District’s Gifted Programs and Services is to advocate for appropriate educational opportunities for the diverse population of high ability students. We believe that all children have the right to be educated in an environment wherein real and measurable learning occurs.

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Bright Ideas is an extra-curricular theme based program for all motivated & curious elementary students. Students participate in high-level thinking activities as they explore topics they might not get in a regular classroom. Join us this year for a Mixed Pallet of STEAM this year as we learn about science, technology, engineering and math through ART! Fall & spring sessions are available. (Summer information will be coming later in the year.)

General Info

The mission of the educators and administrators of Alpine School District’s Gifted Programs and Services is to advocate for appropriate educational opportunities for the diverse population of high ability students. We believe that all children have the right to be educated in an environment wherein real and measurable learning occurs.

Our goals include:

  • advancing the understanding that administrators, educators, parents and the community have of the unique and exceptional academic and social/emotional needs of high ability children;
  • increasing the capacity of administrators, educators, parents, and the community to be agents of positive change in the lives of high ability children; and
  • promoting the development of a continuum of quality services for high ability students in every school in Alpine School District

General Information

Advanced Learning Lab (A.L.L.)

Elementary

The Advanced Learning Lab, or A.L.L. is the district program offered to elementary students grade 3 to grade 6. The curriculum is built upon the Common Core State Standards, with students reading advanced level literature, advancing in mathematics and going deeper and broader in science and social studies. Placement in the A.L.L. class is intended to be a magnet site commitment. Students test in their 2nd grade year for the magnet sites with 3rd-6th grade programs. Students test in their 3rd grade year for the magnet sites with 4th-6th grade programs.

Secondary

At the middle school/junior high level, advanced courses are offered in English and History at all district locations, and Science at American Fork, Frontier, Lake Mountain, Lehi, Mountain Ridge, Pleasant Grove, Timberline, Willowcreek and Vista Heights. The Advanced Learning Lab (A.L.L.) Secondary program is offered to 7th & 8th graders. Students test in January of their 6th grade year for placement. Math placement is handled by individual schools and not through the gifted services department.

Gifted Testing

Students wishing to participate in gifted services elementary A.L.L. and secondary A.L.L. programs must be tested for placement.  All students in the district are notified and invited to test.  Registration opens December 1. Testing will be held in January and February.  Students test the January previous to the year they desire to place in A.L.L.

  • Parents make the first step of identification by registering their child to test into the program.
  • Students wishing to participate in the Elementary A.L.L. programs
    are given the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) in verbal, non-verbal,
    and quantitative assessments. Students take from 7 levels 9-12 for
    placement in 3rd-6th grade.
  • Students wishing to participate in the Secondary A.L.L. programs are
    given the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) in reading comprehension,
    social studies, and science.
  • All programs are scored on a written essay based on the sixth traits of writing.  Students are given 30 minutes to write on an assigned topic, given the day of testing.
  • Language and other accommodations are available. The secondary test can be given in Spanish.
  • Students wishing to participate in secondary advanced math programs will be tested by the junior high.  Information about math testing is given to sixth-grade students during the junior high registration meetings.
  • A teacher survey is also used as a part of identification for students who do not score above 90% in all academic testing categories.
  • Testing results are posted on Skyward and placement acceptance and decline notices are sent from the A.L.L. magnet site or junior high prior to spring break.
     

School Programs

Every elementary and junior high has a teacher assigned as the gifted services advocate. Contact your local school advocate to learn about enrichment and extracurricular programs available at your school.

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas is an extra-curricular program offered to all interested, motivated, and cooperative students kindergarten-sixth grade. Courses are held three Saturdays during the school year and two weeks in July. 

Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition program for students in grades 3 through 9 sponsored by Alpine School District. Teams of five students compete playing the game of Knowledge Bowl. Click this link for more info and access to study guides.

Registration is postponed until further notice.

Steps to Register

01.

View the Clear Creek Camp Schedule in the “Registration FAQs” document. We recommend selecting a few dates in case your first choice sells out.

02.

Once registration is open, click “Eventbrite Registration” and select the date of your choice.

03.

Fill in all requested student registration information and pay the required registration fee.

04.

Complete Student Information & Health Form.