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 the 2020-2021 school year will be open in March, with applications due April 1 by noon.  

    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. Tests used include the Kaufman-Brief Intelligence Test, Test of Early Reading Ability, and Test of Early Math Ability.


    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 2019-2020

    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, 2020
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    Friday, May 1, 2020
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020
    For those moving into the district between April 1 and August 1, 2020
    Monday, August 3, 2020
    Thursday, August 6, 2020
    Friday, August 7, 2020
    Friday, August 7, 2020

     Applications will be available here for download or pick-up from the district office March 2, 2020