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Gifted and Talented

Jeffco Gifted and Talented: Actualizing Learners PotentialMrs. Baker (librarian) and Ms. Myers - Building Liaisons
Ms. Ferguson - GT Counselor (on-site one day/week)
Ms. Caviness-French - GT Resource Teacher

Enrollment in honors-designated courses in the core subjects – Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies – is reserved first for GT Center students. Students with Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) may enroll in honors-designated courses pending available space in the course.

All students with an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) take an elective once per year that is specifically tailored for the affective and academic needs. They are also offered open library/lab time by grade level during Advise once or twice a month for to work on tasks related to their goal or other individual or small group activities.

Setting an Annual ALP Goal

Goal SettingEvery student with an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) should set an annual goal so their school knows what they need and provide appropriate support to ensure they are receiving programming matched to their strengths, interests, and/or needs.

In the 2020-21 school year, students will meet with Mrs. Baker or Ms. Myers to work on setting goals that the students are passionate about and pique their interest. In late October, we will communicate students' goals to both students and their families so we can all work together with students on their goals.

Additional information:

Course Designations

While all students receive differentiated instruction, the only courses offered with an Honors designation in the course name are English/Language Arts and Social Studies. All of our Science courses are designated as STEM; national course naming standards permit the use of STEM or Honors, not both.

Students that qualify via math placement tests given in the spring may accelerate faster than the traditional math pathway followed in our district via compacted math courses (Math 6/7 and Math 7/8) that allow students to take Algebra in eighth grade (one-year acceleration) or Algebra in seventh grade and Geometry in eighth grade (two-year acceleration). Please see the Curriculum page on our website for more information on math pathways.

GT Center Application and Testing

The district offers just one testing window for GT Center placement in the following school year. The 2021-2022 GT Center testing application is open August 1 through 4 pm on October 14, 2020; testing will take place on Saturday, October 10 or Saturday, October 24. More information and the application are available on the district's Gifted & Talented page.

We have additional information for families on the identification process for the GT Center programs offered at Evergreen and West Jefferson Middle Schools at GT Center Application Process WJMS / Evergreen.

GT Gazette

Jeffco Gifted & Talented publishes a quarterly newsletter with articles of interest about GT programming in Jeffco, helpful ideas for families of gifted learners and information on upcoming GT-related events. The latest issue is made available in English and Spanish on the GT Gazette page of the Jeffco Gifted & Talented website.

GT Online Academy

7th and 8th grade students with Advanced Learning Plans that are not enrolled in a GT Center program may take up to three of their core academic courses through Jeffco Virtual Academy's GT Online Academy while remaining enrolled at their neighborhood school. The courses are taught by GT-certified teachers and are designed with the unique academic and social-emotional needs of gifted learners in mind. Honors English/Language Arts, Honors Science, Honors Social Studies, Math 7/8 and Algebra 1 will be offered in the 2020-2021 school year. Please visit the GT Online Academy website for additional information on courses and registration.

Summer Programs

Programs that advertise to our district's gifted and talented students include:

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