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)- 5th Grade Universal Screening

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) – 5th/6th Grade Universal Screening

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made  improvements to our Universal Screening process.  In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned 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: Additional language options are in process.) 

As part of this process, ALL students in 5th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 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 already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

Testing for Gifted Identification outside of the universal screening grades WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window.  Referral testing will be offered in the Mid Year testing window.  

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!  

If your child is in a grade other than 5th 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. 

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
CAGT Family Institute 2020

Contact information:

Jennifer DeBoer
(303) 471-8439 ext 256

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

~Walt Disney