Corona is a Great Place to be Gifted!
School counselors provide additional support to students who have been identified as having high potential for extraordinary academic success in verbal, quantitative, or abstract reasoning. Students scoring at the 97th percentile or above in any of these categories on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), as administered by our district in the student's eighth grade year, are identified as gifted by the Tempe Union High School District. We also honor prior gifted placement based upon any state-approved measure as well as later performance on the PSAT or other approved tests, in accordance with state law. Gifted-identified students are assigned according to their last name in the alphabet to any one of the department's counselors, who will act both as school counselor and gifted services contact.
Service and Course Option Descriptions
Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)
Early in the gifted student's enrollment process at Corona del Sol High School, students and parents may meet with their assigned guidance counselor to create a four-year Individualized Learning Plan, which is aligned with the state-mandated Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP). This ILP addresses post high school goals, focusing on both college and career interests, and helps provide appropriate direction for high school course selection and other growth opportunities. Updates occur annually or as needed throughout the student's tenure in high school. Once established by creating an account, taking a career interest survey, and developing an ILP with the assistance of the counselor, students may access their individual online education plan by logging in at www.az.kuder.com.
Rigorous Honors Courses
In all academic departments and in seveal elective areas, the gifted student may choose rigorous honors classes suited to the needs and desires of the able learner.
AP Courses and Exams
Corona del Sol offers a variety of Advanced Placement course options to enhance student skills and knowledge required for national AP exams. Generally, these options are available to students entering their junior and senior years. There is no additional charge for enrolling in an AP course, but in order to earn college credit or demonstrate proficiency, students must pay for and take the corresponding AP exam and earn a qualifying score. AP exams occur during the first two full weeks of May each year. Gifted Services organizes and runs these tests and encourages gifted students to take this opportunity to advance their college preparation, with the potential of earning advanced university placement, college credit, or both. Those students intending to apply to the most prestigious and selective colleges and universities should find that AP coursework provides excellent academic preparation and helps to generate a student record that is highly competitive on the national stage. To see how exam scores are accepted for college equivalency credit at specific universities, visit the AP Website.
Dual Enrollment Classes
Dual enrollment courses are offered on the Corona del Sol campus in conjunction with Rio Salado and other local community colleges, allowing the student to earn both high school credit and community college credits upon completion of the class. With the cost set at the standard community college rate to be paid at the beginning of the term, these classes are a cost-efficient way to earn early undergraduate credits. Unlike the AP program, however, there is no qualifying exam or additional fee at the end of the course. Public universities generally tend to accept these credits, while out-of-state and private colleges may or may not; therefore, it is advisable to explore the policies of the student’s universities of interest prior to enrollment and payment for any dual enrollment course. The enrollment and payment for community college credit is handled by the course teacher within the first few weeks of the term.
The Advanced Studies course allows gifted students to earn high school credit in areas of interest for university courses beyond the scope of high school offerings or for creating and completing specialized independent study academic and/or creative projects. This weighted elective course for juniors and seniors is repeatable and open to identified gifted students only. It is listed in the Curriculum Catalog under Interdisciplinary Studies, with the course code IS14.
Honors Professional Internship
The Honors Professional Internship course provides students high school credit for working with a professional mentor in a field of special interest and completing directed projects to enhance academic and personal development. This is a repeatable weighted elective course open only to gifted juniors and seniors. The course can be found in the Curriculum Catalog under Interdisciplinary Studies; the course code is IS15.
Gifted Advisory Committee Representation
The Corona del Sol guidance faculty participate in Tempe Union High School District Gifted Advisory Council committee meetings to represent the needs of our gifted students and to assist with gifted identification testing, program development, and evaluation of the home school site and district gifted services.
CdS Gifted Services Links
Honors CoursesENGLISH (Core)
Hon Freshman English
Hon Sophomore English
Hon Junior English
Advanced CompositionFOREIGN LANG (Core)Hon French 3-4Hon French 5-6Hon French 7-8Hon German 3-4Hon German 5-6Hon German 7-8Hon Spanish 3-4Hon Spanish 5-6MATHEMATICS (Core)
Hon Geometry 1-2Hon Algebra 3-4Hon Finite MathHon Brief CalculusHon Calculus 3Differential EquationsHon Computer ProgramSCIENCE (Core)Hon Chem-PhysicsHon BiologyHon Advanced BiologyHon ChemistryHon PhysicsHon Exercise Physiology
SOCIAL STUDIES (Core)
Hon World GeographyHon World HistoryHon US/AZ HistoryHon US/AZ Government
Hon Adv AccountingMechanical EngineeringFINE ARTS (Non-Core)Hon Art 1-2Hon Art 3-4Hon Art 5-6Hon Music Exploration
Advanced StudiesHon Prof Internship
AP CoursesENGLISH (Core)
AP English LanguageAP English LiteratureFOREIGN LANG (Core)AP Spanish LanguageMATHEMATICS (Core)AP Calculus BCAP Statistics
AP Computer Science ASCIENCE (Core)AP BiologyAP Chemistry
AP Environmental ScienceAP Physics 1SOCIAL STUDIES (Core)AP World History
AP US HistoryAP US Gov & PoliticsAP Micro EconomicsAP PsychologyAP Human GeographyAP European History