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The mission of our gifted programming is to provide identified students with rigorous, engaging and challenging educational opportunities which are responsive to their individual strengths and needs so that they will achieve academic and personal growth commensurate with their abilities.


Programming Overview

Gifted Education programming includes a range and variety of options to address student needs.  Programming is adaptable to the resources within our district and may be delivered within the student's regular classroom, in classrooms at other schools and/or in special classes.  Programming is linked to identified student strengths, with options and strategies matched to the identified academic and effective needs of students.  Programming options for gifted students fall within the four categories shown below.  Each identifies programming strategies that may be used to meet students needs.


Curriculum Compacting
Credit by Exam
Dual Enrollment 

Affective Guidance
College Planning
Direct Instruction
Structured Materials
Self-directed learning

Differentiated Instruction

Advanced Curriculum
Faster pacing
Menu of Options

Flexible Grouping

Cluster grouping

Higher Order Thinking
Problem-Based Learning
Extended Enrichment
Conceptual Instruction


7 months ago

Cathy Amsbaugh
Gifted Coordinator, K-5     
Dillon Valley Elementary & Silverthorne Elementary

Colby Ricci
Gifted Facilitator, K-5
Frisco Elementary
Trish Winter
Gifted Facilitator, K-5
Summit Cove Elementary
Toni Napolitano
Gifted Facilitator, K-5
Upper Blue Elementary
Jen Johnson
Gifted Facilitator, K-5
Breckenridge Elementary

Cynthia Bolt
Gifted Facilitator, 6-12
Summit Middle School & Summit High School

Mary Kay Doré
Student Services Director
Summit School District RE-1


7 months ago

How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted? 
Gifted students are those children and youth whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishments are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs, both in academic and social/emotional realms. Gifted students have abilities and/or talents that lie well outside the norms of the typical learner and, therefore, require significant modifications to the pacing, depth and complexity of curriculum and instruction. (Colorado Department of Education) Many gifted students are also high achievers; however, many are not. High achievers are not always gifted students. Here’s just a few characteristics of high achievers, gifted learners and creative thinkers.
High Achiever
Gifted Learner
Creative Thinker
Works hard to achieve
Knows without working hard
Plays with ideas and concepts
Is attentive
Is selectively mentally engaged
Daydreams; may seem off task
Learns with ease
Already Knows
Questions: What if?...
Is accurate and complete
Is original and continually developing
Is original and continually developing
Is highly alert and observant
Anticipates and relates observations
Is intuitive
Kingore Observation Inventory: Parental Assessment Form
See The Gifted Handbook for further details regarding Identification

Research and Support Materials

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