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Extended Learning Program (ELP)

Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP)

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. Mountain View Elementary uses the Neighborhood model.

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.

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

Extended Learning Program (ELP) testing Information

For information on the Elementary Magnet ELP testing, Click the below link..

Salt Lake City School District's Extended Learning Program (ELP)