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Gifted & Talented

Leadership Updates

Important Information About Testing/Appeals

Spring testing nominations are now closed. We will begin accepting nominations for fall testing starting in early July.

The spring testing window for in-district students will occur at a child’s school between April 15th-May 13th.

Please note: Students cannot be tested twice with a cognitive test in one calendar year (For instance, a student tested in the fall of 2021 would not be eligible to test again until the fall of 2022). During the fall semester, students enrolled in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades are tested with the NNAT as part of the universal screening process; those families do not need to submit this form.

We cannot test Pre-K students (the testing systems do not norm correctly until age 5). If you are interested in ECE services, please contact the ECE Department or individual schools participating in advanced kindergarten programming.

Nominate your child for magnet testing.

haga clic aquí para nominar a su hijo para la prueba de enfoque especial (Magnet) para Estudiantes Altamente Dotados.

Downloadable application- English

Nomination forms (available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, French, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese)

It is the goal of  DPS  to provide all of our students with appropriate academic services. When there is a disagreement on matters pertaining to the identification, evaluation and eligibility for gifted services the appeals process may be initiated.

Appeals based on one of the following criteria may be submitted to the Gifted and Talented Department:

  • Additional information about my child which may include, but is not limited to, newly obtained district assessment data, parent examples of advanced abilities, etc. Please note: Private testing will not be considered as a reason for appeal.
  • A condition or circumstance believed to have caused a misinterpretation of the testing results.
  • An extraordinary circumstance occurred during the testing period that may negatively affect the validity of the test results such as a death in the family or extreme physical ailment.
  • The suspicion of an error in the administration of the assessment.  For example: The designated proctor did not follow assessment prescribed protocols.  Testing day or time of assessment within the school day are not considered to be errors in administration.

Click here to submit the form to appeal your child’s score. 

If you have any supporting additional data that would be helpful to the Appeal Review Team (e.g. district testing data, outside testing data, observation scales, personal observations of the child’s advanced abilities/thinking), you will be able to upload this to the form. Please note that this upload requires a gmail account. If you do not have a gmail account, please email the files to giftedandtalented@dpsk12.org and in the subject line, please list as Test Results Appeal and Your Child’s Name.

The Gifted and Talented Department’s Appeal Team will notify you of receipt of the appeal. Appeals will be addressed on a weekly basis. Additionally, extra testing considerations may be unavailable or delayed.

All appeals will go before the Appeal Review Team, and you will be notified of the decision by email. The team may contact you for additional information if necessary.  The decision of the Appeal Review Team is final.

Are you a parent/guardian of a newly magnet eligible student?
Are you looking for information about what magnet eligibility means?
Are you interested in knowing more about magnet programming and School Choice?

Watch this Magnet Eligibility Informational video to answer these questions and more!

vídeo en español

We Need Your Voice! GT Family Advisory Group

Members of the GT Family Advisory Group will:

  • Work with the GT Department to identify areas of strength, challenge, and growth
  • Support the GT Department with awareness-building across the district for the needs of advanced learners
  • Work to suggest tools for communication

The advisory group will meet once every two months for 1.5-2 hours

Save the Date for upcoming evening meetings (5:30-7:00 pm)

  • Future Dates TBD

If you are interested, please go to the online form: https://tinyurl.com/yywmj9sq

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Contact Us

Phone: 720-423-2056
Email: giftedandtalented@dpsk12.org
Mailing Address: 1860 Lincoln St, 8th Floor NE, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dpsgifted/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dps_gt

School Programming Plans

The programming plans for the 2021-22 school year are now available!
Gifted and Talented Teacher/Point of Contact

A Note About Activities

As of May 2019, the Gifted and Talented department no longer houses activities.

For questions related to Destination Imagination, please email Minda McGurk at denverdico@gmail.com

About Us

The Gifted and Talented team is focused on leading the nation in providing equitable, high impact gifted programming.

We strive to ensure that gifted and talented students are engaged, rigorously challenged and supported to reach their full emotional, intellectual, and creative potential. By equipping students to become successful, critical, compassionate, and collaborative individuals, we are preparing them to become leaders and citizens of the 21st century.

Our Services

We provide services to gifted/high potential students and their families. Gifted and Talented Services oversees gifted and highly-gifted identification in the district. Gifted identification begins at the school level with the GT teacher and ends with a district level identification team review process. In addition, we support and monitor each schools’ gifted programming in order to support best practice for gifted learners.

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