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ELP Magnet and Neighborhood Information

2021-2022 Magnet Extended Learning Program Information for the 2022-2023 school year

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. We 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.

The Extended Learning Program is designed to serve gifted and high ability students in two service models in elementary and middle schools:

  1. Magnet self-contained ELP (grades K-8), and
  2. Neighborhood ELP (grades 4-8). Grade 4 this year is open to all 4th grade students who would like more depth, complexity, and challenge.

Elementary Magnet ELP

Students take a battery of cognitive and achievement assessments in the eligibility process. Students who  meet the Magnet ELP eligibility criteria are offered Magnet ELP placement. Elementary Magnet ELP classes are housed at Emerson grades 1-6 (Dual Language Spanish) Hawthorne grades K-6, and Whittier grades K-6.

Students in preschool through grade 3 must reside within Salt Lake City School District boundaries to be eligible to apply for the ELP assessment, be eligible for placement, and maintain placement in ELP. Students who attend a SLCSD school but reside outside SLCSD boundaries are not eligible to apply in preschool through grade 3. The only exception is for employees of Salt Lake City School District. 

Elementary Neighborhood ELP

All elementary schools have Elementary Neighborhood ELP.  Assessments for students in Grade 4 and Grade 5 (2021-2022 school year only), and new-to-district 6th graders, will take place August 26, 2021 through September 1,7, 2021.  

Middle School Magnet and Neighborhood ELP

Middle School Magnet ELP classes are housed at Clayton, Glendale, Hillside Middle Schools, and West High School.

Students take a battery of cognitive and achievement assessments in the eligibility process. Students who meet the Magnet ELP eligibility criteria are offered Magnet ELP placement. Students who meet the Neighborhood ELP eligibility at their neighborhood school are offered Neighborhood ELP placement. Schools with Neighborhood ELP: Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and Northwest.

If you are interested in having your child assessed for a possible Magnet ELP Placement:

  • For students currently in grades 1-7, fill out the online application on this website.  Application is available September 7, 2021 through October 15, 2021.  
  • For student currently in grades Pre-K and Kindergarten,, fill out the online application on this website.  Application is available September 7, 2021 through February 11, 2022.