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Gifted & Talented

DPS Gifted and Talented's Commitment to Equity

The GT department fully supports the Black Lives Matter Movement and the disruption of systemic racism.  Last August, we began discussing the “Why” of our work and our purpose in gifted education. Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, our entire GT department (schools and central) focused to develop an understanding of the systems that perpetuate oppression of students of color.  The  current (and ongoing) racial injustices have only strengthened our focus on systemic racism and white supremacy culture to identify the barriers students are facing with identification, access, opportunities, and programming and make changes. 

Please check back for more information about how we are moving forward in this important work. 

Southmoor Update

As of the 2021-22 school year, Southmoor will no longer offer self-contained HGT classrooms. Please click here for more details.

Magnet Eligibility Information

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!

Engaging and Educating Students Virtually

We want to make sure that our GT students and families had access to a world of wonderful resources to keep them busy and engaged while at home!

How to Find My GT Teacher/Point of Contact: Click here for the point of contact list. Our department coordinators are also here to help! Visit the About Us page for contact info.

Resources to Families: DPS has provided lists of resources for families. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/faq-covid-19/ 

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has issued a document on Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19

Food Distribution: DPS is offering breakfast and lunch to students and families throughout the city. Food Distribution sites can be found here: https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/#food 

Interested in Magnet Testing?

Spring testing nominations now open. Spring testing will be conducted starting mid-March. The deadline for spring submissions is Friday, March 12. Eligible students will be able to participate in the second round of School Choice. 

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)

Please note: At this time we cannot conduct any immediate testing for students who were not rostered before the October 14th deadline for consideration for First Round School Choice. Because of Covid, we were delayed in our testing cycles from the previous spring, so we are currently trying to test hundreds of applicants from the spring 2020 as well as fall 2020 on top of our usual Universal Screenings of all kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade students. While we are working diligently to get through our list of testers, we are not in a position to add additional students in time for first round School Choice consideration.

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 2020-21 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

For questions related to Semantics/Spelling Bee contact Grace Hopley here

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)

For the 2020-2021 school year, appeals must be completed and sent to the giftedandtalented@dpsk12.org email. In the email subject, 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. However, appeals will not begin being processed until mid-February 2021. 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.

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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