Gifted Education

GT Facilitators

Aspen View Academy has two GT Facilitators on staff. Kimberly Mayne is the GT Facilitator for students in grades K-4 and Bethany Patel is the GT Facilitator for students in grades 5-8.

Kimberly Mayne, GT Facilitator K-4

Bethany Patel, GT Facilitator 5-8

5th/6th Grade Universal Screening in November

DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 5th or 6th grade–a student’s final year of elementary school (November).

5th/6th Grade Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 5th graders not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 1st, 2021.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

If your child missed their regular universal CogAT screening last year, they will be assessed during this window.  This would pertain to students currently in 3rd and possibly 6th or 7th grade (depending on the last grade in elementary).

If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

  • If your child is in grades 3 or 4 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.  
  • NOTE:  Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification. 
  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE.
  • Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.

Please see the link below (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented) to learn about opportunities for parents of Gifted and Talented students – Parent Coffees at Panera Bread in Castle Rock, SENG Parent Discussion Groups, and to sign up for their newsletter!

GIFTED CHILDREN’S BILL OF RIGHTS:

You have a right to

  • know about your giftedness.
  • learn something new everyday.
  • be passionate about your talent area without apologies.
  • have an identity beyond your talent area.
  • feel good about your accomplishments.
  • make mistakes.
  • seek guidance in the development of your talent.
  • have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends.
  • choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue.
  • not to be gifted at everything.

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