SkyView Academy’s Gifted and Talented

Information about Douglas County gifted and talented programs

Gifted and Talented Definition from Douglas County School District

Douglas County gifted and talented students are those students between the ages of four 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. Gifted students include students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, 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:

  • General or Specific Intellectual Ability
  • Specific Academic Aptitude
  • Creative or Productive Thinking
  • Leadership Abilities
  • Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical or Psychomotor Abilities

Douglas County gifted and talented Identification

SkyView Academy follows Colorado state-mandated policies for identifying gifted and talented students. Identification is based on many components including:

  • Student Aptitude
  • Student Achievement
  • Student Performance
  • Student Interest
  • Observable Behaviors (classroom, home, and community)

ALP’s and Programming for Douglas County gifted and talented

Once a student is identified, an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be created. Teachers, students, and parents will collaborate along with the GT facilitator, to develop a written plan to meet the student’s identified needs. The ALP will formalize the differentiation that the classroom teachers provide for the student in their identified area(s) as well as affective (social/emotional) needs within the classroom. 

The classroom teachers and the GT facilitator will work with students on their goals through a variety of options during the school day. Some strategies we may use to meet the needs of our students are flexible grouping in reading, writing and math, differentiated instruction, curriculum compacting, content acceleration, tiered assignments, and independent study.

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)- 2nd Grade Universal Screening

Universal Screening
Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, we are making improvements to our Universal Screening process.  Beginning the spring of 2020, DCSD will transition from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version. The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Language options for the Spring 2020 Testing Window are in process.) In addition, we are changing our Universal Screening grade from 3rd grade to 2nd grade as recommended by state and national guidance. 

As part of this process, ALL students in Grade 2 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 8) the week of February 17th  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

If your child is in 2nd grade and took the CogAT in September of 2019, you have the option to opt your child out of this testing window. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing 
DCSD will NOT have a second Referral Testing Window this school year (2019 – 2020). The next testing window will be in the fall of the 2020 – 2021 school year. If your child is in a grade other than 2nd,  and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked HERE.    
(Spanish Referral Form)

NOTE:  Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment. Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will be connect with you to discuss next steps in the process.

Helpful Links:
Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented (DCAGT)
Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT)
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
Colorado Department of Education (CDE) – Office of Gifted Education
Douglas County School District (DCSD) – Gifted Programming
DCSD – Gifted Education News
Hoagies’ Gifted Education page
NAGC’s Book Recommendations (Ian Byrd) (Lisa Van Gemert)
Talking with your Child about Giftedness

Contact information:

Grade K-8
Jennifer DeBoer
(303) 471-8439 ext 256

High School
Thomas Lenderink
(303) 471-8439 ext 276

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” 

~Walt Disney