Douglas County Gifted and Talented Information

DCSD Gifted Education News

We send out a monthly newsletter called the DCSD Gifted Education News. The newsletter will contain information about upcoming events, updates, resources and student opportunities through the Douglas County School District.
DCSD Gifted Education News


Early Access to Kindergarten information


DCSD uses CogAT as a universal screening tool.  As a universal screening tool, all students scoring at the 95th percentile or above on one or more of the batteries will be referred for the gifted identification process if they have not already been identified for gifted programming. Scores from this universal testing may be used as one piece of data to inform instructional decisions for all students, not just advanced learners. We administer the CogAT universally to all 2nd and 6th Graders. 6th Grade is in November, and 2nd Grade is in February. If you would like your child to take this assessment, and they are in grades 1,3,4 or 5 please contact me. Referral testing will be in February.

Discovery Application for 2022-23 Opens End of September

The Douglas County School District Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (2nd to 6th grade) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school programming. For more information about the Discovery Program please go HERE.

Neighborhood School GT Support

Thank you for choosing Sand Creek to be your child's learning community. We're joining the other schools in the Mountain Vista feeder area in the philosophy of aiding the classroom teachers with resources and strategies to help differentiate instruction to better meet the needs of all learners. Research supports the idea that by keeping our learners together, they all benefit socially as well as academically. We want all students to feel connected to everything that goes on in their classroom community. This includes mastery of the grade level curriculum, building positive relationships with peers, and gaining knowledge that comes from shared experiences and discussions with a diverse group. Each school site provides programming for gifted/high potential learners through the implementation of some or all of the following strategies:
Differentiated instruction
Curriculum compacting
Content acceleration
Grade-level acceleration
Tiered assignments
Flexible grouping
Independent study
Project-based learning
Leadership opportunities