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) 

Universal Screening

As part of the Douglas County School District’s Universal Screening Process, ALL students in Grade 3 and 5 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) the week of September 9th.  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 3rd or 5th grade, please see detailed information about this assessment here: Universal Screening Information.

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
Discovery Program Information Night

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