Skip To Main Content

Extended Learning Program (ELP)

ELP TESTING APPLICATION FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR.  TESTING IS OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING GRADES:

 -ALL PreK-4 STUDENTS;
-ALL 6th & 7th GRADERS;
-kindergarten & 3rd graders not currently enrolled in a slcsd school
 

-APPLICATION CLOSES ON JANUARY 31, 2023. 
-TESTING TAKES PLACE MARCH 2023.
-TESTING Locations, dates & times tbd. 
-we anticipate students in grade 3, 6 & 7 will test on a saturday (subject to change).

 

Students studying together
Smiling students stock photo
Talented and Gifted table

CURRENT NEWS

ELP PARENT INFORMATION MEETING/Q&A SESSION
-Join our Zoom meeting to learn about the ELP Magnet Programs
-ZOOM LINK:  
https://slcschools-org.zoom.us/j/4568598335
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
5:30-7:00 pm

With Spanish Translation Services
For more information, click here for Flyer (English)
For more information, click here for Flyer (Spanish)


ELP TESTING APPLICATION for the 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR
-For all Pre-K4 students
-For students currently in a SLCSD school in grades 6 and 7
-For students not currently in a SLCSD school in grades K, 3, 6 and 7

APPLICATION CLOSES
January 31, 2023.
TESTING DATES
Testing takes place March 2023.
Testing locations, dates and times TBD.  
We anticipate students in grades 3, 6 and 7 will test
on a Saturday (subject to change).

ELP APPLICATION FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES
Middle School Open Houses will take place in January 2023.
ELP Testing for middle school eligibility will take place in March 2023.
Click here for Middle School Open House Dates


CLICK HERE FOR WINTER 2022 ELP NEWSLETTER - ENGLISH

CLICK HERE FOR WINTER 2022 ELP NEWSLETTER - SPANISH
 

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE
PRIMARY CHANGES TO THE CALENDAR IN COMPARISON TO YEARS PRIOR:
•Most of our assessing happens universally with no sign up needed.
•Because of the shift to universal format, there are no longer opt-in windows for all grades every year.

WHY THIS CHANGE HAS HAPPENED:
•Provide an ELP screening opportunity to all SLCSD students twice.
•Establish consistency and predictability in the assessment calendar.
•Balance ELP Department's time and effort between identification and services management within ELP.


NEW-TO-DISTRICT STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A SLCSD SCHOOL
IN GRADES 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6

•Were assessed during the first two weeks of school during the school day at their school. 
•No application or sign up is required.   

CURRENT STUDENTS IN A SLCSD SCHOOL
IN GRADES KINDERGARTEN & 3 

•Will be assessed March 2023 during the school day at their school. 
•Universally assess every kindergarten and 3rd grade student. 
•No application or sign up is required.  

PRE-K STUDENTS
(who will be 5 years on or before 9/1/2023) 
(for 2023-2024 Kindergarten Placement)

•Will be assessed March 2023; dates and location TBD. 
•Completion of online application by January 31, 2023,
required for student to be tested.

STUDENTS NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN A SLCSD SCHOOL
 IN GRADES KINDERGARTEN, 3, 6 & 7

(for 2023-2024 placement)

•March 2023 Assessment Dates:  Will be assessed on a Saturday.
Location, dates and times TBD. 
•Completion of online application by January 31, 2023,
required for student to be tested.

CURRENT 6th  & 7th GRADE STUDENTS IN A SLCSD SCHOOL
(for 7th & 8th Grade 2023-2024 Placement)

•December Assessment Dates:  December 1 OR December 2, 2022
•Completion of online application by November 18, 2022,
required for student to be tested on December 1 or December 2.
         OR
                     •March 2023 Assessment Dates:  Will be assessed on a Saturday.
Location, dates and times TBD. 
•Completion of online application by January 31, 2023,
required for student to be tested.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2023          -Parent Information Meeting/Q&A Session -- Via Zoom -- 5:30-7:00 pm
                                                                                          Zoom Link:  https://slcschools-org.zoom.us/j/4568598335 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2023              -Hillside Middle School Open House for All Incoming 7th & 8th graders,
                                                                                         5:30-7:00 pm

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023                  -Clayton Middle School Open House for All Incoming 7th & 8th graders,
                                                                                         5:30-6:30 pm
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2023              -West High School Open House for Incoming 7th & 8th graders,
                                                                                         5:30-6:30 pm

JANUARY 31, 2023                                           -Online Opt-In ELP Testing Application Closes (for March testing)
                                                                                          (For ALL Pre-K4, 6th & 7th Grade Students AND Any Kinder & 3rd Grade
                                                                                            Students NOT Enrolled in a SLCSD School)
MARCH 2023                                                       -Kindergarten and 3rd Grade Students Currently Enrolled in a SLCSD School
                                                                                         assessed at school.

MARCH 2023  (Date TBD)                            -Pre-K4 Students assessed.  Parent must have completed online opt-in
                                                                                         application (application open October 17, 2022-January 31, 2023)
MARCH 2023 (Date TBD)                             -Students in Grades Kindergarten, 3, 6 and 7 NOT Currently Enrolled in a
                                                                                         SLCSD School assessed.  Parent must complete online opt-in application
                                                                                         (application open October 17, 2022-January 31, 2023

MARCH 2023 (Date TBD)                             -6th & 7th Grade Students Currently Enrolled in a SLCSD School assessed
                                                                                         for 7th & 8th grade eligibility.  Parent must complete online opt-in application
                                                                                         (application open October 17, 2022-January 31, 2023)

FORMS


THIRD GRADE UNIVERSAL TESTING RESULTS
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

June 2022
To the Parent/Guardian of a Current 3rd Grade Student:

In March 2022, almost all SLCSD 3rd grade students were given the CogAT, a reasoning ability assessment.  Some parents opted in their students to test in June 2021 or November 2021.  The date your student took the assessment is noted on the CogAT Student Summary.  As a caregiver, you are provided with your student’s results.  The CogAT Student Summary is being sent home in your student's report card envelope.  These results are intended to provide more insight into the specific strengths of your student.  There is no specific actions or decisions that are currently being made related to these results.  Explanation of results are included on the Student Summary.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Parsons, ELP Supervisor, at alexandra.parsons@slcschools.org


                          JUNE ELP TESTING SESSION FOR STUDENTS
                       CURRENTLY IN PRE-K4 THROUGH 7th GRADE 


The ELP Department will offer an ELP testing session for students currently in grades Pre-K4 through 7th grade who have not tested for SLCSD ELP in the last 12 calendar months for full day Gifted and Talented (Magnet ELP) program placement.  If a student has tested since June 2021, they may apply again during the fall 2022 assessment windows.

This testing session will take place on Monday, June 6 at a district elementary school to be determined.  No makeup testing session will be available. 

Parents must complete the Online Application to schedule their student to test.  The deadline to apply for this test date is Sunday, May 15, 2022, by 5:00 pm.  Parents will be contacted via email with their student’s testing time and location.

Please contact the ELP Department for information regarding this testing session at 801-578-8573.


                     PARENT LETTER RE UNIVERSAL TESTING OF ALL
                                                  3RD GRADE STUDENTS

FOR OTHER LANGUAGES, CONTACT THE ELP OFFICE AT
801-578-8573

MAGNET EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM ASSESSMENT INFORMATION FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

Magnet ELP Online Application Windows:

For Students Currently in Pre-K4:  Online Application open October 17, 2022-January 31, 2023

For Students Currently Enrolled in a SLCSD School in Grades 6 and 7:   Online Application open October 17, 2022-January 31, 2023

For Students Currently NOT Enrolled in a SLCSD School in Grades K, 3, 6 and 7:  Online Application open October 17, 2022-January 31, 2023

Magnet ELP Assessment Windows:

March 2023.  Exact date and times TBD.


MAGNET EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM ASSESSMENT INFORMATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Magnet ELP Online Application Windows:

For Students Currently in Grades 1-7:   ENDED

For Students Currently in Pre-K4 and Kindergarten:    ENDED

Magnet ELP Assessment Windows:

For Students Currently in Pre-K4 through 7th Grade:   ENDED


Upcoming Universal Screeners:

No application is needed.  All students in the following grades enrolled in a Salt Lake City School District school will be assessed at their neighborhood school as follows:

  • New-to-District in Grades 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 -- August/September 2022
  • All Students in Grades Kindergarten and Grade 3 -- March 2023

Three pathways to identification for the Extended Learning Program:

  • Universal Screenings

    • Kindergarten and 3rd Grade

  • Application/Opt-in

    • Preschool

    • Kindergarten, 3rd and 6th Grades (not enrolled in a SLCSD school)

  • Identification Outreach

    • Kindergarten through Grade 8


Gifted/Talented and High Ability Services

Is your child a rapid learner who put thoughts together quickly?

Does your child have an excellent memory or an unusually large vocabulary?

Does your child have an advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas?

If so, the district’s Extended Learning Program may be a good fit for your child. 

The Extended Learning Program provides academic services for identified gifted and high ability students who are found eligible for services through an assessment process.

Summary of the Extended Learning Program

What is ELP?

Extended Learning Program services are provided to meet the needs of identified gifted/talented and high ability students. ELP services offer students the opportunity to engage in learning with greater depth, complexity, and rigor through differentiated curriculum and instruction. ELP coursework is extended beyond the general education classroom and is more abstract and complex, giving students greater depth of understanding. Skill development with higher order thinking skills in both critical and creative thinking is an important part of the students' experiences. Certified teachers with a Gifted and Talented Endorsement teach ELP classes.

The Extended Learning Program serves gifted/talented and high ability students in elementary and middle schools with two service models, Magnet ELP and Neighborhood ELP. Visit us on the ELP website for more information.

Magnet ELP

The Magnet Extended Learning Program (MELP) is a district administered program in which students are identified by national normed assessment measures. Eligibility is determined at the district level. 

Elementary Magnet ELP

  • MELP serves students in a full day program at Emerson (1-6), Hawthorne (K-6), and Whittier (K-6) schools, taught by certified teachers who also have or are receiving a Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement.

  • Students are found eligible for Magnet ELP through an assessment process.

  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website.

Middle School Magnet ELP

  • MELP serves students in up to four core subjects at Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and West High School. 

  • Students are found eligible for Middle School Magnet ELP through an assessment process.

  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website.

Neighborhood ELP

The Neighborhood Extended Learning Program (NELP) is in all Salt Lake City School District elementary and the following middle schools: Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and Northwest.

Elementary Neighborhood ELP

  • NELP serves students in a pull-out program in grades 4-6 in a student’s neighborhood elementary school for up to 3 hours per week.

  • Students are found eligible for Elementary Neighborhood ELP through an assessment process.

  • All students in grades 4 and new-to-district grades 5 and 6 are assessed at their neighborhood school at the beginning of the school year.

Middle School Neighborhood ELP

  • NELP serves students in several core subjects.

  • Students are found eligible for Middle School Neighborhood ELP through an assessment process. Neighborhood schools that offer NELP are Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, or Northwest.

  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website.

ELP Philosophy

The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community we hold high expectations for all students, respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.

ELP Motto

Discovering Through Depth and Complexity

Depth: understanding a topic beyond surface knowledge. Depth encourages students to venture further, deeper, with greater elaboration, through quality of subject matter, rules and ethics, language, and patterns. It involves learning from:

  • Concrete to abstract

  • Familiar to unfamiliar

  • Known to unknown

  • Literal to symbolized

Complexity: understanding a topic with more abstract thinking. Complexity helps students make connections and identify relationships and associations between, within, and across subjects and disciplines. It focuses on:

  • Varying perspectives

  • Issues, problems, and themes

  • Conceptual learning

Administration

Alexandra Parsons

Organization Information

Department(s)
Administration Building
Department(s)
Extended Learning Program (Elp)
Title(s)
Supervisor - Extended Learning Program

Contact Information

Work Email
(Primary)

Staff

Lucy Jacob-Nichols

Lucy Jacob-Nichols

School Psychologist
Maggie Nickerson

Maggie Nickerson

Administrative Secretary

Calendar

Resources