Gifted and Talented School Program in Arizona

What Is RISE?

RISE stands for Reaching Intellectual Success and Excellence. RISE is Arizona Virtual Academy’s (AZVA’s) self-contained program for gifted students.*

Students accepted to RISE are encouraged to take their learning to a deeper level as they explore their interests, solve problems, and work side-by-side with other gifted students.

RISE students benefit from:

  • Live class discussions, projects, and collaborative virtual learning
  • Instruction from gifted-certified teachers
  • Renzulli Learning supplements personalized to their age and ability level
  • Acceleration in areas of exceptional strength 
  • Interest-based projects and field trips

Who is RISE intended for?

Gifted students in grades 3–9 who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Exhibit high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area
  • Possess an unusual capacity for leadership
  • Excel in a specific academic field

What are the qualifications?

Qualifying for RISE involves three steps:

  1. Nomination
  2. Screening/assessment
  3. Qualification 

Nominated students must be identified as gifted according to one of the following qualifications:

Composite IQ score

  • 125–134 for the pull-out program
  • 135+ for the self-contained program

Qualifying score in the 97th percentile on a state-approved gifted assessment (e.g., the CoGAT test or similar)

  • 97th percentile (V or Q) for the self-contained program
  • 92nd–96th percentile (V or Q) or 97th percentile for the pull-out program

How does my child get started?

*Only students enrolled at AZVA are eligible to apply to RISE.