Gifted and Talented Programming

Important Information:
UPDATE 11/10/20
Due to our temporary move to Learning from Home the 6th grade CogAT test has been rescheduled. Additional information will be shared as it comes available.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 6th Grade Universal Screening
Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made  improvements to our Universal Screening process.  In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version.  The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Additional language options are in process.) 

 

As part of this process, ALL students in 6th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 9. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will provide an alternative activity.

Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Testing for Gifted Identification outside of the universal screening grades ( 6th) WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window.  Referral testing will be offered in the Mid Year testing window.  

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!  

If your child is in a grade other than 5th or 6th and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked HERE


NOTE:  Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment.  

Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.

The 'universal testing year' is the last year of elementary school within the school building, which varies by location. 6th Grade is the last year of elementary school at Academy Charter School.

Gifted and Talented Program

Academy Charter School (ACS) is dedicated to high-quality gifted/talented and enrichment programming that will serve as a model for other Charter schools in the district, state, and county.

Meet the ACS Gifted and Talented Team

Melinda Kennedy is the GT Facilitator and the GT program lead. She has 25 years of teaching experience and has worked with students as a classroom teacher, a technology specialist, and a gifted and talented teacher. Melinda joined ACS in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and the Gifted Education Specialist endorsement.  

Contact: kennedym@academycharter.org

Hillary Fendrich is the Enrichment Teacher. She works with kindergarten through eighth grade. Hillary joined ACS in 2015. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geology, a Master's degree in Elementary Education, and a Science Endorsement, 7-12. She is an ACS alumni. 

Contact: fendrichh@academycharter.org

Please click through the tabs below to learn more about:
-Gifted and Talented Definition
-Gifted Identification
-Programing objectives
-Resources

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