Philosophy and Programming

DCSD offers a variety of programming options to meet the full spectrum of needs of our gifted learners. In alignment with the The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) guiding principles and programming standards, a continuum of programming services exist for gifted learners in DCSD. Each school is served by a gifted education facilitator who collaborates/ consults with classroom teachers. Gifted Education Comprehensive Program Plan (Douglas Re 1, Castle Rock 7) and other support staff appropriately plan instruction and learning opportunities to meet the needs of gifted/ high potential learners.

Gifted Programming is designed to meet the academic, social/ emotional, and behavioral needs of students identified with advanced learning needs. Teachers and support staff differentiate learning opportunities to meet these needs. Each school site provides for gifted learners through the implementation of some or all of the following strategies:

  • Differentiated instruction

  • Curriculum compacting

  • Content acceleration

  • Grade level/content acceleration

  • Mentorships

  • Tiered assignments

  • Cluster grouping

  • Flexible grouping

  • Independent study

  • Project-based learning

  • Leadership opportunities

Here at Eldorado we will help meet the needs of our GT students through many of the strategies listed above. Universal strategies used throughout our school include:

  • Flexing students up a grade level in math (students must meet specific requirements to flex)

  • Cluster grouping (clustering our GT students into one homeroom classroom with a teacher experienced in working with GT students)

  • Social/Emotional support groups (discuss topics specific to the GT population)

  • Curriculum support (M2 and M3 math units, William and Mary Lang. Arts units, Junior Great Books)

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Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected].