Junior High Gifted - GTC
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Gifted Education - Junior High Gifted - GTC

GTC (Gifted, Talented and Creative) at Highland Junior High School Gilbert Public Schools expanded gifted services for 7th and 8th graders through the GTC (Gifted, Talented and Creative) Program at Highland Junior High School by providing a differentiated learning experience addressing the individual needs of gifted students. The classrooms will offer enrichment experiences and a more rapid learning pace in an environment where curricula matches the gifted child's unique learning style. Their curiosity, creativity, intensities, sensitivities, and advanced learning styles will be embraced and appreciated by their teachers. A classroom of like-minded peers with teachers who understand and enjoy the gifted learner will result in a healthy atmosphere were a child can flourish intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Students will be with other gifted peers for the core subjects of language arts, social studies, math, and science.

Highlights of GTC:    *Academics:

Cross-curricular experiences

Accommodating students learning styles

Students choose their electives

Depth and complexity

Project-based culminating projects


Qualified teachers who have a gifted endorsement or provisional

Teachers will instruct the core content areas for 7th and 8th graders in the program    

*Other Services/Opportunities at HJHS:

Counselor. Social-emotional support for group and individuals

*About HJHS: A+ School Exemplary performing arts/music After school clubs (2016-17): Athletics Club, Best Buddies, Chess Club, Code Club, Drama Club, LEAGUE of Extraordinary Writers, National Junior Honor Society, Student Council, Scrapbook Club, 3D Printing

Athletics (2016-17): Flag Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Wrestling, Baseball, Track and Field, Cheer

Newsletter, Fall 2017: Newsletter Newsletter, Winter 2017: Newsletter Eligibility:

  • *A qualifying score on a state-approved gifted test of 97 or higher in one of the areas:

  • Verbal, Quantitative, and/or Nonverbal


  • *A qualifying score on a state-approved gifted test of 95 or higher in two of the three

  • areas: Verbal, Quantitative, and/or Nonverbal


  • *An IQ score on the state approved list for identification of gifted students of 128 or above

Open House: February 20, 2018 at 7pm in the library at Highland Junior High School. This event will allow for families to meet the teachers, view the campus and understand the curriculum.


Site: Highland Junior High School, 6915 E. Guadalupe Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212 School website: http://gilberthighlandjhs.ss11.sharpschool.com/

Number of Students:  

Capacity for 125 7th and 8th graders


Transportation or 2017-18: Regional bus stops  

The bus stops will be located at Junior High schools. *Bus stop information: GTC at Highland Junior High School *Bus stop information: Gifted Cohort and Highland High School High School:

Students who are currently in the gifted program at HJHS will transition to HHS. This decision was made due to the academic options and performing arts offerings.


Application for the 2017-18 School Year:
Families interested in applying for the Junior High Gifted Program must complete the online application: https://goo.gl/forms/a0mut55pzvrk3Lyq1
*Applications will now be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for the current school year.

Application for the 2018-19 School Year:
Families interested in applying for the Junior High Gifted Program must complete the online application. Applications will be accepted March 7 through March 30, 2018 at 3pm. Please return to this location during the noted time period.

Lottery (if necessary): If there are more qualified applicants than seats available, a lottery will occur on April 3, 2018. Please revisit this site on the evening of March 30, 2018 for an update.

Applications will be considered in the following order:

  • Students who are siblings of students who are currently in the Self-contained Gifted program.

  • Students residing in the Gilbert Public Schools boundaries or who are currently attending a Gilbert Public School.

  • Students who reside outside of the Gilbert Public Schools boundaries or who do not currently attend a Gilbert Public School.  

Out of District Students Only: Out of district students are welcome to apply if they meet District qualifications, as noted above.

In addition to the application, please submit the following information to the Gifted Department at amber.macrobbie@gilbertschools.net:

  1. A copy of your child’s most recent intellectual assessment results: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) or other state of Arizona approved assessment

 IQ tests administered by a licensed Psychologist/Psychiatrist

  2. Twice-exceptional students receiving special education or 504 services must attach: Copy of current IEP and most current special education evaluation report or copy of 504 plan

  HJHS Forms and Documents 2017-18, 7th Grade Electives Course Selection Form: Course Selection Form 2017-18, 7th Grade Electives Course Description Documents: Course Description 2017-18, 8th Grade Electives Course Selection Form: Course Selection Form 2017-18, 8th Grade Electives Course Description Documents: Course Description 2017-18, Open Enrollment Form: Open Enrollment Form            

Examples of Classroom Experiences: Science/Math:

Students participated in a math/science lesson involving the production and mining of copper in Arizona, along with systems of equations.  Students were given a container with pennies inside.  They first learned how the composition of pennies minted prior to 1983 consisted of more copper than the pennies minted after 1983, which makes their masses different.  Students were given the challenge to figure out how many of each type of penny were in their container by using mass and systems of equations. This activity took place in the makerspace lab.


Language Class-

Students recently read the novel Tangerine. A turning point in the story is when the main character's school experiences a sinkhole which swallowed up part of the school buildings.  Gifted students created a newscast about the incident including plot events and characters from the novel as well as invented characters such as newscasters.

*These students are using Screencastify to create a newscast for the sinkhole incident in Tangerine.

*These students created their background news station screen and set up Screencastify.

Social-emotional Lessons:

Social-emotional learning is an important component of gifted programming.

*Students are engaged in activities focused on topics of team-building, collaborative group work, social perceptions, and stress- management/social problem-solving.

For further information, please contact Amber MacRobbie at (480) 545-2173 or email: amber.macrobbie@gilbertschools.net



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