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Gifted and Talented Education


Definition

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
Commitment
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


For more information,
please contact Cindy Smith
(719) 549-7284 or email 
cynthia.smith@pueblocityschools.us