Early Access Process to Kindergarten / 1st grade

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Early Access is designed for “highly advanced gifted” 4 or 5 year old children. It allows early access to kindergarten or first-grade for students who are academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature, in the top 2% or less of the gifted peer group, motivated to learn, ready for advanced placement, and who have exhausted the resources of preschool or home schooling.

Colorado House Bill 08-1021
Early Access was made possible by the passage of House Bill 08-1021. HB 08-1021 provides the ability for school staff to override the age limits mandated by state law, in order to allow students who will be four years old at the beginning of the school year to begin kindergarten and students who will be five years old to begin first grade, if they are identified as "highly advanced gifted."

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Early Access Process for the 2020-2021

School Year is now OPEN

Window to apply is December 20,2019 to April 1, 2020

1) Application Process for Early Access

2) Early Access District Process

3) Portfolio Requirements Checklist

Early Access process and application materials in Spanish will be posted soon!
¡El proceso de acceso temprano y los materiales de solicitud en español se publicarán pronto!

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Early Access

Colorado Department of Education

Young Gifted Characteristics

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Douglas County School District Nondiscrimination Notice: The Douglas County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public.