Gifted and Talented

Gifted and talented students are those students between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted students include students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:

  • General or Specific Intellectual Ability

  • Specific Academic Aptitude

  • Creative or Productive Thinking

  • Leadership Abilities

  • Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical or Psychomotor Abilities

To initiate the Gifted Identification Process for your child, please complete the following referral form:

For more information, please refer to the following helpful links:

The Discovery Program
For More Information:





Christina Levesque

Administrative Assistant,

DCSD Gifted and Talented


Amanda Deegan

REMS GT Coordinator


The ​Elementary ​Discovery Program is a self-contained, center based, program for highly gifted learners​ grades 2-6​ located regionally at four elementary school sites​: Acres Green, Northridge, Pine Lane, and Renaissance. The program is ​designed for identified gifted learners who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming options.

Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program​, multiple criteria ​is considered in the placement process to provide evidence of ​need for the rigorous environment ​and intensity ​of gifted programming​ offered through the Discovery Program.

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Information considered includes documented cognitive ability, standardized achievement data, classroom performance data, student, parent, and teacher input.

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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. 

Applications for the Discovery program, DCSD's Gifted and Talented program, are done at the District level through DCSD's Gifted and Talented office. Renaissance is a site that houses the Discovery program, however identification of prospective Discovery students is not done by Renaissance. For more information on the DCSD Gifted and Talented program, click here.


Parents must submit a Discovery Program Application in order to have their child considered for entry into the Discovery Program.

Discovery Programming Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on the district website in the fall.

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Main Number:


Fax: 303-387-8001

Find us: 

3960 Trail Boss Lane

Castle Rock, Colorado



School Hours:

8:40 am - 4:00 pm

Wed 1:00 pm early dismissal

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