Talented and Gifted Program


Academy District 20 Talented & Gifted belief Statement

​The mission of the Academy District 20 Talented and Gifted program, dedicated to excellence, is to maximizing the potential and meeting the exceptional educational and affective needs of identified gifted students from diverse populations.  The Academy District 20 Gifted Education Program provides gifted students opportunities for intellectual challenge, engaging enrichments, and dynamic programming resulting in maximum growth.  We strive to inspire creativity passion for learning, leadership, and social responsibility.

Who is considered "Gifted"?

"'Gifted Children' means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose 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. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or Specific Intellectual Ability
  • Specific Academic Aptitude
  • Creative or Productive Thinking
  • Leadership Abilities
  • Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical, Dance, or Psychomotor Abilities"

from Colorado Department of Education, ECEA Gifted Rules 2015

Identification & Eligibility
Students are identified for the purpose of meeting their unique learning needs.  District 20 identifies students based upon a body of evidence which includes testing, teacher and parent observation, etc.

TAG Education at RHS

Rampart High School offers unique challenges to gifted students through both the wide array of academic courses as well as the variety of co-curricular activities and clubs. The TAG coordinator in conjunction with counselors, teachers, parents and the gifted student work together to place students in classes and enrichments which meet the unique needs of the gifted learner.  Classroom teachers plan curriculum according to individual student needs supported by the TAG coordinator.

TAG services include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Assessment of student need.
  • Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) for highly gifted students.
  • Curriculum extensions and enrichments for Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) students.
  • Resource assistance and support for classroom teachers.
  • Mentorship with community participation.
  • MYP/DP and /A.P. classes.
  • Independent study for individual students.
  • Weighted grade availability for A.P. and IB classes.
  • A variety of activities to include Knowledge Bowl, Science Olympiad, Chess Club, Math Club, etc.
  • Staff development and training for teachers who work with gifted students.
  • Opportunities for parents to meet and learn more about giftedness.


ERIC Clearinghouse
Hoagies' Gifted Education
Education Program for Gifted Youth
National Research Center on the Gifted & Talented
Families of the Talented
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Association for Talented & Gifted