Gifted & Talented

What Gifted and Talented means in DPS

In the Denver Public Schools, “gifted and talented children” means those students whose demonstrated abilities, talents and/or potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. These students perform, or show the potential of performing, at remarkably high levels in intellectual, specific academic or creative areas when compared with others of their age and experience. Gifted and talented children are present in all student groups, regardless of gender, disability, English language proficiency, economic status, ethnic or cultural background.

Identifying Students

Identification of gifted students occurs year round in DPS. The gifted and talented teacher at each school monitors student data in several key areas that the district has determined are indicators of giftedness. Students identified as highly gifted have the option of attending a highly gifted magnet school for elementary or middle school. Scores from this battery of tests are also used to identify gifted students.  Learn more about gifted and talented services in DPS at