• Identification of Gifted Students


    Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?


    – Benjamin Franklin


  • Gifted Education is a strength-based model that identifies students with exceptional abilities and potential.  The purpose of identification is not to label a child, but to match instruction, programming and support systems to their identified area(s) of strength.  


  • Definition

     “Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.

    Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic and cultural populations.

    Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

    • General or specific intellectual ability
    • Specific academic aptitude
    • Creative or productive thinking
    • Leadership abilities
    • Visual arts, performing arts, music and psychomotor abilities


  • Specific Academic Aptitudes

     Students can be identified with specific academic and talent aptitudes in the following areas:

    Academic aptitudes include major content areas and talent aptitude includes arts, psychomotor creativity and leadership

  • Gifted Students New to the District

    If a student was identified as gifted at another school, parents should request that all identification and Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) documents be sent to the new school of attendance.  Districts within Colorado are expected to follow identification and ALP procedures required by statute.  If student records include evidence of portability, the student will be identified as gifted and provided with the appropriate programming offered by the Elizabeth School District.  If student records do not provide evidence of portability, or the student is transferring from another state that does not meet Colorado portability laws, the district will make an attempt to consult with the former district before implementing a new identification process that begins with a referral form from the parent. Parent Referral Form

    If the student's identification meets Colorado portability requirements an ALP will be created with the student within 45 days of enrollment and sent home to the parent for review and input.