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Gifted and Talented Education


Gifted and Talented children means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.  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 and ethnic, 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 intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude (includes reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and world language)
  • Drama/Theatre Arts
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Psychomotor
  • Creativity 
  • Leadership
Schools throughout Pueblo City Schools are committed to identifying those students who meet the district and state criteria of gifted.  Students, parents, teachers, and staff work together to develop Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) for all of our students identified gifted to ensure they are challenged and experience academic and social/emotional growth throughout the year.  

There are a variety of instructional and extracurricular opportunities to address each student's needs including (but not limited to):
  • Grouping
  • Critical thinking skills development
  • Subject-based extensions and acceleration
  • Social/Emotional Guidance
  • Post-Secondary Readiness 
  • Advanced Placement/Honor/Senior-to-Sophomore Courses
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Mentorships
  • Internships
  • Competitions/Contests
  • Leadership Opportunities
Comprehensive Program Plan
The Comprehensive Program Plan (CPP) is a concisely written description of the policies and procedures by which Pueblo City Schools identifies and programs for gifted student education.  The development of a district's Comprehensive Program Plan (CPP) demonstrates commitment to identify and serve gifted students and their families in ways that fit with local district resources, data analysis and priorities. The program plan shall be implemented by all school districts and administrative units in Colorado.  Plans may be updated and revised at any time.  Below is the link to the Pueblo City Schools Comprehensive Program Plan for 2016-2020.  Revisions will be reflected in the "date updated" next to the link.

Comprehensive Program Plan date updated: January, 2017

For more information,
please contact Cindy Smith
(719) 549-7284 or email