What is Gifted and Talented?

If a student is identified as Gifted and Talented (GT), they may go to their neighborhood school (Pioneer Elementary) or apply for the Discovery Program which is housed at another school. The Discovery Program is designed for those students who have needs so intense that they cannot be met in a regular classroom. All students in Douglas County are given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in 3rd & 5th grade (unless the school has 6th grade) as a universal screen for early intervention. If there is a need for a student to take the CogAT in another grade due to teacher recommendation or parent request, that is possible at grades 1, 2, & 4. Testing at these levels is solely for the purpose of possible GT identification. The CogAT is given each September.