ALA Testing and Admission

Admission to ALA

There is no charge for the assessment process. Students applying to the ALA must register to participate in a two-day assessment that takes place in the spring of each year. As part of the identification process, a parent evaluation and a teacher evaluation are also completed on the student.

The testing component of the identification process consists of two tests: the IOWA Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). The ITBS is an assessment that consists of a variety of educational achievement tests.

The NNAT is a brief, culture-fair, nonverbal measure of school ability, without requiring the student to read, write, or speak. Students must rely on reasoning skills using figural designs, and not on verbal skills. The NNAT scores predict academic success and are a good indicator of a student’s general, overall ability.

Parents are notified after May 15th as to whether or not their child is accepted into ALA.

Once Accepted

Parents will be required to transport their child to and from the school. Additionally, a $40 per student, $75 for two students, or $100, for three or more students, donation is encouraged to support the extra activities this program offers.

Important Testing Dates

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 ALA Open House (Testing Registration Packets distributed)
  • 5 – 7 p.m. @ Taylor Canyon Elementary
  • Monday, March 13, 2017 ALA Testing Registration Packets due back to Taylor Canyon Elementary
  • Thursday and Friday, April 13 th and April 14 th ALA Testing - BOTH DAYS @ Taylor Canyon Elementary
  • 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 15 th 2017 ALA testing results and program acceptance notifications mailed by this date.
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