Higley’s THINK! Highly Gifted Academy provides personalized instruction to actively engage exceptional learners in an innovative thinking environment.
With a STEAM focus (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), students are taught by highly qualified, experienced, gifted endorsed teachers who are passionate about providing innovative and meaningful learning opportunities conducive to gifted learners’ needs.
This gifted program is currently offered in Kinder Prep at Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center and in Kindergarten 1st and 2nd grade at Bridges Elementary School, with plans to create a Pre-K-12 pathway. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be availble in January 2021.
The are multiple Qualifying Criteria for THINK! that include:
- IQ 130 or higher on the Stanford Binet or Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI). Referrals for licensed psychologists are available from the District plus parent completion of Thing My Child Likes to Do survey provided by the HUSD Gifted and Talented Education Department.
- CogAT scores of 97th percentile or higher on Verbal, Quantitative and NonVerbal and teacher evaluation using the Renzulli Scales for Reading and Mathematics plus parent completion of Things My Child Likes to Do survey provided by the HUSD Gifted and Talented Education Department.
- Kinder Prep Only: Conditional placement utilizing Alternative Assessment administered by the THINK Academy team utilzing the Renzulli Scales for Communication, Learning and Creativity plus parent completion of Things My Child Likes to Do survey provided by the HUSD Gifted and Talented Education Department. CogAT administered in Spring prior to Kindergarten for continued program acceptance.
Testing for Kinder Prep and K-2 utilizing the Alternative Assessment or CogAT is arranged through the Gifted and Talented Education Department.