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Kelsey Haddock, Principal
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Shauna Veen, Counselor
Shelley Hubbard, Secretary
Cindy Stoeber, Registrar

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Gifted & Talented
Aurora Public Schools offers a wide range of services for all identified gifted and talented and high potential students. For more information, visit the AGATE Website.

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In Colorado, gifted and talented students are included in the legal definition of exceptional students (CRS 22-20-103; CRS 22-26-101-104, 1CCR 301-8). Aurora Public Schools recognizes the obligation to provide instructional and support services to all exceptional students K-12.

Gifted and talented students are those students between the ages of five (5) and twenty-one (21) whose learning capacity and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational and affective needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of advanced learning and performance in any combination of the following:

  • Intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership and human relations skills

High Potential Learners
In our classrooms we have many students who may not be identified as gifted, but who demonstrate high potential as learners, leaders, and producers.  These students also  need appropriate programming; including the opportunity to work with rich and demanding curriculum that can bring potential and promise to the surface. Close monitoring of these students may lead to gifted identification.

The AGATE Identification Process
The purpose of the AGATE identification process is to match students’ academic and affective needs with services that will afford them the opportunity to demonstrate academic growth. The emphasis should not be on the “gifted” label, but on student learning needs. The nomination and assessment process is as follows:

  1. Student Search: This involves the active searching for students who perform or show potential for performing at exceptional levels when compared with those of similar age, language skills, experience, or environment. Nominations are made by any knowledgeable person: school staff, parents/guardians, peers and/or self.
  2. Nomination: During the nomination phase, supporting evidence (i.e., cognitive and culture free measures, academic aptitude and performance, language acquisition skills, and teacher, parent, and student feedback, etc.) is collected by the school’s AGATE team.
  3. Recognition/Identification and Services: Each school’s AGATE team reviews the nominations and makes decisions regarding the services needed to meet each student’s academic and affective needs.  An Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is designed.
  4. Review:  AGATE students’ growth and achievement is closely monitored.  Students will have an annual ALP review to determine the appropriateness of his/her differentiated services; however, a review may occur at any time, as needed.   Student progress is recorded and shared with parents/guardians.  Conferencing will be necessary for a change in service.


Colorado’s State Gifted and Talented Education Guidelines, Colorado Department of Education
Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (C.R.S. 22-20-101 et seq.)
Gifted and Talented Students (C.R.S. 22-26-101 et seq.)
Fast Track Program (C.R.S. 22-34-101 et seq.)
Mary Ruth Colemann, Ph. D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (C.R.S. 22-35-101 et seq.)
The Parallel Curriculum, A Service Publication of the National Association for Gifted Children, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Sandra N. Kaplan, Joseph Renzulli, Jeanne Purcell, Jann Leppien, Deborah Burns, 2002.

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