In partnership with our families and the community, 27J Schools EMPOWERS EVERY student today to take control of their future

What is 'Gifted'?

  • 27J Schools chose to adopt the Colorado Department of Education definition of a gifted child.

    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 or psychomotor abilities”

    (Colorado Department of Education, 2016)

Advanced Learning Plans

  • Contact: School GT Leader

    Once a student has been identified as gifted and talented parents will receive an official letter and a survey to help create the Advanced Learning Plan. These plans are to help guide the student to further their strengths and develop further their social emotional goals.

    Students, parents and teachers create a team to develop this plan. The goal is to help students have a voice in their education.

    Advanced Learning Plans are not more work, rather focused work on the identified strength.

Programming Available in 27J

  • Three types of programming are available for gifted students within 27J Schools.

    Self-Contained School within a School

    Achieve Institute at Pennock and Vikan are the self contained programming options in 27J Schools. This means that all students in the classroom are identified as gifted and talented or have met the academic requirements for a subject being taught at an accelerated pace.

    To learn more please visit the Achieve Institute link!


     Differentatiation is available in all classrooms and utilizes the students knowledge to determine appropriate teaching levels. This work may look different than peers but will have the same learning goal.

    Cluster Grouping

     Cluster grouping is a programming option that places the gifted students of a grade level together to allow for the differentiation to occur for a small group.