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Gifted and Talented


According to the Colorado Department of Education, “Gifted and talented children” refers to 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 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 of giftedness:

  • TPAAK - Gifted and Talented ProgramGeneral or specific intellectual ability.
  • Specific academic aptitude (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages)
  • Creative or productive thinking.
  • Leadership abilities.
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities.

Students must meet criteria for qualifications in three or more measures which include those listed above as well as a portfolio or juried work at the advanced or distinguished level compared to same age peers for performance areas (https://www.cde.state.co.us/gt).

All students in second grade are screened each year for the Gifted/Talented Program through the use of a non-verbal test.  Students new to TPAAK in grades 3-5 are also screened.  A score that approaches the 90%ile will result in a referral for further testing.  Parents, teachers, and students may also make referrals for testing.  For children enrolled in kindergarten through 5th grade, a cognitive test may be given free of charge through the school.

TPAAK also offers Early Access Identification or early entrance to kindergarten or first grade.  If a child is at least 4 years old, parents may make a request for early entry.  A portfolio must be submitted and testing completed before determination for early entry can be made.  Applications for early entry are accepted up to April 1 of each year.  Application and test administration fees may apply.

An Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be developed for all students identified as gifted and talented.  The ALP is a plan outlining programming for gifted and talented students and is used for a guide for educational planning and decision making.  It is also an accountability method for assessing gifted student growth of quantitative and qualitative goals in GT programming and social-emotional development.  ALPs are reviewed yearly and may be revised at any time.  GT services may be delivered in the general and/or GT classroom to meet the needs of gifted and talented students.