Gifted & Talented

Save the Date– Magnet Eligibility Information Session

If you received a letter from our office notifying you that your child is now Magnet Eligible you may have some questions such as: What actually is magnet eligibility? What does that mean for my child? What makes a magnet site different from my neighborhood school?

If you have these questions, then we invite you to attend:

Magnet Eligibility Information Session
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
UNC Denver Lowry Campus
1059 Alton Way, Denver, CO 80203 Room #229
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Can’t make it in person? We will also be uploading an online screencast and hosting a virtual Q& A session on Friday, February 7, 2020. More details to follow in February!

Interested in Learning More About Southmoor?

Do you have a magnet eligible child? Are you interested in learning more about whether a magnet site is right for you? Come to the HGT Choice Events at Southmoor to learn more!

Click here to learn more about tours and parent coffee chats!

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)

  • January 22, 2020: Z Place (4800 Telluride St, Building 5, Denver, CO 80249)
  • March 11, 2020
  • May 6, 2020

If you are interested, please go to the online form:

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School Programming Plans

The programming plans for the 2019-2020 school year are now available.

Contact Us

Phone: 720-423-2056
Mailing Address: 1860 Lincoln St, 8th Floor NE, Denver, CO 80203

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

For questions related to Semantics/Spelling Bee contact Bill Shaeffer at

Fall Testing Appeals Process

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.

Written appeals based on one of the following criteria may be sent 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.

Written appeals must include:

  • your name, address, phone number, and email (if available)
  • the student’s name, student identification number (if known), date of birth, and school of attendance
  • reason for the appeal based on the above criteria
  • any supporting additional data that would be helpful to the Appeal Review Team (e.g. district testing data, observation scales, personal observations of the child’s advanced abilities/thinking)

Appeals must be completed and sent to the district office following the notification of identification decision. Please send appeals to:

Attention: Appeal Review Team Gifted and Talented Department
1860 Lincoln Street 8th Floor NE
Denver, CO 80203

Please do not email.

The Gifted and Talented Department’s Appeal Team will notify you of next steps within 10 business days of receiving the appeal.

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.

Interested in Magnet Testing?

The spring testing window is now OPEN. The deadline for spring applications is Wednesday, April 1st by midnight. Students attending a DPS school will be tested at their school during the window of April 6-May 8 (students in grades not participating in CMAS) or April 27-May 8 (for students participating in CMAS).

Non-district, private, and home school students will be tested on Saturday, April 25th.

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

Downloadable application – Spanish

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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