Gifted, Talented, & Advanced

Bakersky, Kelly - Coordinator

  • Phone: 303-326-4997
  • Email: kabakersky@aurorak12.org

2018 September Newsletter

2018 August Newsletter

The mission of Rangeview's Gifted and Talented program is to support high potential and gifted students intellectually, emotionally, and socially. 

What is “gifted and talented”?

The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) defines giftedness as “aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.” Colorado recognizes gifts and talents in many areas: general intellectual aptitude, math, social studies, reading, writing, science, creativity, leadership, psychomotor (athletics), visual arts, performing arts, and music.

Students may be identified as gifted and talented (GT) at any point in their school careers. Identification typically involves a nomination from a teacher, test scores, portfolios and/or performance assessments, and student/parent input. Students who do not meet the state-determined criteria for GT may also be identified as high potential.

What are the benefits of being identified as gifted and talented?

Students who are identified as GT create a student profile and goals for their area(s) of strength, called an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). The ALP helps teachers provide the right level of challenge and support; it also helps staff ensure that a student is in appropriate classes and has opportunities to develop his or her gifts and talents. The ALP is also a communication tool for families.

Rangeview’s GT program is continually developing. This year, look for workshops, lunch groups, and activities geared toward the needs and interests of GT students.

How can families get connected?

  • Join the Rangeview Gifted and Talented Remind text messages for updates about events and resources. Text @raidergt to 81010 to sign up.

  • Like and follow the Rangeview Gifted, Talented, and Creative Facebook page.

  • Stop by the GT table at Back to School Night (8/15)  and Parent Teacher Conferences (9/19).

  • Attend an APS Gifted & Talented Parent Workshop (monthly dates are announced through the School Messenger system and on the website, https://sites.google.com/aurorak12.org/gifted-talented/home)