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Extended Learning Program (ELP)

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.  We 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..

The Extended Learning Program is designed to serve gifted and high ability students in two service models in elementary and middle schools:
(1) Magnet self-contained ELP (grades K-8), and
(2) Neighborhood ELP (grades 4-8).

Elementary Model:  Magnet ELP

Students take a battery of cognitive and achievement assessments in the eligibility process.  Students who meet the Magnet ELP eligibility criteria are offered Magnet ELP placement.  Elementary Magnet ELP classes are housed at Emerson, 1-6 (dual language Spanish), Hawthorne grades K-6, and Whittier grades K-6. All elementary schools have Neighborhood ELP (NELP), with pull-out services for optimally three hours per week.

Middle School Model:

Students take a battery of cognitive and achievement assessments in the eligibility process.  Students who meet the Magnet ELP eligibility criteria are offered Magnet ELP placement.  Students who meet the Neighborhood ELP eligibility at their neighborhood school are offered Neighborhood ELP placement.

Middle School Magnet ELP classes are housed at Clayton, Glendale, Hillside Middle Schools, and West High School. 


If you are interested in having your child assessed for a possible Magnet ELP placement:

‚Äč1. For students entering Preschool and Kindergarten:  fill out the online application on the ( ELP website) between September 8, 2020 – February 12, 2021.

Assessment window:  Preschool and Kindergarten: March 8, 2021 - March 26, 2021

2. For students entering grades 2-6 in 2021-2022, fill out the online application (new applications only) on the ELP website between February 15, 2021 and April 30, 2021. Assessment window: May 17-June 11, 2021.


Documents with information for 2021/2022 school year found here


Elementary Magnet Extended Learning Program

Remote Learning Questions and Answers for 2020-2021

How is the district going to ensure that the needs of gifted children will be met despite Covid-19?

Both the Magnet and Neighborhood Extended Learning Program will continue to provide services to students online. Magnet teachers will continue to provide their curriculum to meet the needs of the identified students in that program. Neighborhood ELP services will be provided for students in grades 4, 5, and 6; the Neighborhood ELP teacher for each school will continue to provide program services. 

For families within Magnet ELP, will the online only option be specialized for ELP?

While students are in remote learning, the Magnet ELP program will continue to teach with the depth and complexity that would be found in their classes if they were in person. When we return to a hybrid model, families who choose to continue on in remote learning will not be in a Magnet ELP program.

Will Neighborhood ELP services remain intact and how will those be scheduled with neighborhood teachers?

Students will be able to access Neighborhood ELP services in grades 4-6 through the remote program, and Magnet ELP students who continue in the virtual program may also access the online Neighborhood program.