Extended Learning Program (ELP)

Program Description

The Extended Learning Program (ELP) provides one component of the Basic Educational Program in the Salt Lake City School District. Students who are academically noticeable in their environment in the top three grade levels of each elementary school are selected through a battery of tests to participate in specialized curriculum and instruction. They are pulled out of their general education classrooms and work with a certified teacher who has a gifted and talented endorsement.

Grade Level Goals and Objectives

ELP curriculum extends from the Utah State Core Curriculum, with added depth, complexity, abstraction, and novelty. ELP also offers opportunities for academic peer association, appropriate pacing, and authentic products.

Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP) provides specialized educational services for identified gifted and high ability 7th and 8th grade middle school students. ELP services are available at all district middle schools with more extensive services provided through ELP Magnet Programs at Clayton and Hillside Middle Schools and West High School.

As part of the eligibility process for the 2018-2019 school year, gifted and high ability 6th and 7th grade students may participate in the middle school testing which occurs at each elementary and middle school during November and December.  

For more information, log on to the district website at, or contact the ELP Department staff at 801-578-8573.

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