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Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade

The Colorado Education of Exceptional Children Act (C.R.S. § 22.20-104.5) as amended in July, 2008 provides early access to educational services for kindergarten and first grade students to meet the unique needs of the highly advanced gifted child. It does not permit early access to all gifted 4 or 5 year olds. Quality preschool programs will meet the needs of most gifted children. The child who may benefit from Early Access is academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature, in the top 2% of the gifted peer group, motivated to learn, and ready to begin school.

Parents or guardians start the process for Early Access to kindergarten or first grade by filling out the district's application (available below during the application window). This application includes samples of student's work in math, writing, and drawing. An Early Access Survey should be completed by the parent and preschool teacher or other adult who knows the child well.

The application window for families currently residing in the district has closed. Applications for families who move into our district between April 1 and August 1 are due August 1.  

Early Access Process Overview

Step 1
Obtain and complete an application from The TSD Gifted and Talented Office.
Step 2
Testing performed by district personnel. No fees for testing.
Step 3
Review of portfolio by designated review committee including a District Administrator, Gifted and Talented staff and Early Childhood educators.
Step 4
Notification of Early Access decision to parent/guardian and school.

Timeline for 2017-2018

Early Access Timeline Portfolio Submission Due Date District Testing Window Begins
Body of Evidence Review by Committee no later than:
Notification calls and letters of acceptance sent to parent/guardians no later than:
For those residing in district prior to April 1, 2016 Friday, March 31, 2017 Monday, April 3, 2017 Friday, May 5, 2017 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
For those moving into the district between April 1 and August 1, 2016 Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Friday, August 11, 2017 Friday, August 11, 2017

 Applications will be available here for download or pick-up from the district office March 1, 2017