Gifted & Talented

Lisa de la Pena - GT Facilitator (

Below, please find helpful links to GT identification and services within the Douglas County School District.

Referral Form - Identification process

DCSD Gifted





CDE - Gifted

Consent to test

The Discovery Application Process for the 2018 -2019 school year is now open.

The application process may be initiated by a teacher or other professional, parent, or student.The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year isNovember 17, 2017. For applications submitted after that date, students identified for the program are placed on a space availability basis.

The Discovery Program is a self-contained, center based, magnet program for highly gifted learners located regionally at four elementary school sites in Douglas County. The program is intended for those students who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming.

Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program, a body of evidence is needed to determine the best match between student and programming. Information considered includes documented cognitive ability, standardized achievement data, classroom performance data, student, parent, and teacher input. Three major criteria for placement are

1) Exceptional intellectual/cognitive ability

2) Documented above grade level performance in multiple content areas, and

3) no below grade level performance in any content area.

Multiple criteria will be considered in the placement process to provide evidence of the best match between student academic need and the rigorous environment of the program.

Please visit the DSCSD Gifted Education Webpage linked HERE for more information and application materials.