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The best way to maximize your experience with the Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented is to familiarize yourself with our menu navigation, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and become a member.

  • AAGT Parent Handbook

    AAGT Board Members who are both teachers and parents, collaborated to put together this handbook full of resources, advocacy tips, information around state law and self-care tips. Download the AAGT Parent Handbook

  • Picking the Best School for my Gifted & Talented Child

    While AAGT cannot refer you to any particular schools or specific districts, we can help you identify the type of characteristics you may be looking for to help your child. This Hoagies Article has some great pointers to help you begin your search. You can also join a local affiliate group in your area in order to network with other parents. Identify the school districts in your area and find their Gifted & Talented Education page/website, then schedule a time to meet with the department to get all your questions answered. You may also consider any charter or private schools in your area and set up times to meet with them. Involve your child too! They will most likely also have an opinion on which school makes them feel the most comfortable!

    Understanding the type of gifted & talented classrooms will also be important when making the best decision for your child. There are four main types: Cluster, Self-Contained, Pull-out and Enrichment. Visit our glossary to see the difference between each is.

  • Parent Institute

    Each fall, AAGT holds a Parents Institute addressing the needs and questions of parents from across Arizona. During the Parent Institute, we set up a special children’s program, so your child/children could learn while you’re in sessions.  We encourage parents to attend the Parent Institute and AAGT conferences.Learn More »

  • NAGC Resources

    The digital age has sparked an explosion of information and resources around the globe — sometimes making it difficult to spot the proverbial forest for the trees. Whether you’re new to the world of high potential young people or have years of experience with gifted children, NAGC is here to help! We have collected the practical resources you need and the high-quality information you have come to trust in one easily accessible, organized location. So, take a walk though our top notch forest (and keep your eyes open for the trees, too).

  • Finding a Mental Health Professional TIP Sheet

    Please utilize this ideas for “Finding a Mental Health Professional” for more information on knowing when and how to to seek out professional advice from a psychologist, counselor, or therapist for their gifted child

  • The Big Picture

    If you’re looking for answers to questions like “What is gifted?” and “Why do we need gifted education?” — this is the place to start.

  • Information for Your Pediatriciaion

    NAGC and Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) have come together to bring teachers and parents alike this valuable public information brochure to use with psychologists, pediatricians, and family physicians. Decreasing Medical Misdiagnosis in Children

  • Glossary of Terms

    Every area of knowledge has its own unusual set of terms and phrases. Our glossary is designed to help you translate and build a stronger understanding of the frequently used vocabulary in gifted education

  • A History Of Gifted Education

    Check out this timeline which traces the significant events and innovations in the field from the 19th century to today.

  • Parenting For High Potential Magazine

    NAGC’s Parenting For High Potential Magazine
    Parenting for High Potential (PHP) is an award-winning quarterly magazine designed for parents who want to make a difference in their children’s lives. Packed with advice about developing a child’s gifts and talents to the fullest, each issue includes special features, expert advice columns, software and book reviews, ideas from parents of high potential youngsters, and a pullout children’s section.

Click for Student Competitions is a website dedicated to organizing hundreds of websites across the world for student K-12. It has an easy to use search feature that lets users customize searches.

Rubik’s Cube Competition is held at Arizona State University’s west campus each spring. The teams will be competing for the fastest time to collectively solve 25 Rubik’s Cubes.

National Geography Bee is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

Future Problem Solving Program has both competitive and non-competitive events which give students the opportunity to think creatively to solve difficult problems in unique ways.

Let’s Get Real Competition helps students gain experience working on real business problems.

National History Day Competition is designed to provide an opportunity for students to conduct authentic historic research using a history topic of interest to create a long term project.

Future City Competition is a fun and exciting educational engineering program for 7th and 8th-grade students where they are challenged to present their vision of a city of the future.

Science Olympiad is a “rigorous academic interscholastic competitions…between various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology”.

Destination ImagiNation focuses on problem solving, teamwork and divergent thinking.

Noetic Learning Math Contest – The Noetic Learning Math Contest is a biannual math problem-solving contest for elementary students grades 2 through 6. The goal of the competition is to encourage young students’ interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.

Math Kangaroo Math Contest – An international Math competition for grades 1 through 12. Students from all over the world participate in a math contest on the same day… the third Thursday in March.

Become a Member!

Join a community of teachers, parents and family members who care and support the gifted students in their lives. We offer members access to valuable resources like webinars, powerpoint presentations and information from educators and professionals in the community.

Affiliate Chapters

Are you looking to build your village at a more local level?

AAGT Affiliate Chapters is smaller groups of individuals, such as a parent support group, who are concerned about having a positive impact on the gifted education services within their own community or school district.  There is strength in numbers!

Partner Directory

Visit the AAGT Business Sponsor and Non-profit Directory, available to members only.

AAGT partners with businesses and other non-profits to provide resources, discounts and exclusive content to our members.

Bulletin Board

Visit the AAGT Bulletin Board filled with announcements on upcoming studies, research, competitions, scholarships or other helpful tidbits.


AAGT offers many opportunities to give back to the community in the way of grants and scholarships. Visit our scholarship and grant page for a list of scholarships with specific directions and deadlines for students and parents.

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