We understand brilliant students require exceptional learning opportunities. SDA’s Gifted Program provides such opportunities. Through our advanced Gifted Program, qualified learners are given opportunities to develop high-level critical and creative thinking skills in an accelerated and academically rigorous environment.

& accelerated.

STEM-based and accelerated, the Gifted Program at SDA offers what other schools do not: a precisely designed gifted program for the unique genius of each child. SDA’s Gifted Program at a glance:

Pre-K – 8th grade | Advanced and accelerated | Individualized
Specially designated teachers | Small student-to-teacher ratio | Interdisciplinary | Project-based STEM+Arts curriculum | Emphasis on critical and creative thinking | Rigorous program in a nurturing environment


High-Performance Enrichment
for High-Achieving Students

Even the most accelerated and advanced core curriculum may not challenge or inspire exceptional students enough to encourage them to make continuous progress in school.

SDA’s Gifted Program is designed to keep the brightest and most intellectually curious students engaged through integrative, project-based studies ranging across science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

Interdisciplinary projects and activities ensure deep, contextual understanding of advanced subjects, helping gifted students apply their newfound knowledge or skills in one subject area to vastly different academic and personal interests at school and at home.

Gifted Education
for an Exceptional Future

Accelerated curriculum, interdisciplinary themes, and challenging projects combine to help gifted students become self-directed problem solvers and complex thinkers capable of great achievements in life—but don’t just take our word for it.

Several studies have identified the link between early gifted education and later success in life. For example, one study found that gifted students identified during adolescence pursued doctoral degrees at more than 50X the base rate expectations. Of the 320 gifted students who participated in the 10-year longitudinal study, 63% reported holding advanced terminal degrees (master’s and above), and 44% held doctoral degrees1. For comparison, only approximately 4.5% of the general U.S. population held a doctorate degree in 20182.

1 – Loveless, T., Farkas, S., & Duffett, A. (2008). High-achieving students in the era of NCLB.
Washington, DC: Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
2 – United States Census Bureau, “Educational Attainment in the United States: 2018”



+300 Graduated Students


+20 Years of Experience


4 Awards & Prizes


1 Succesful Model

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Think deeply.
Create wildly.

We teach a grade higher than most Arizona schools, but our curriculum is much more than that. We focus on instilling an ability to learn but also to think deeply and create wildly.

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