Who We Serve


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


The NAGC recommends that all students have the opportunity to participate in a universal screening process for identification to ensure equitable access to programming. In accordance with state and national guidelines, the Gifted Education department has developed a process to gather data in order to match appropriate services to identified student need.

Douglas County School District uses a dynamic, ongoing identification process with multiple criteria including cognitive ability, student performance and achievement, and parent, teacher and student feedback. Students may be referred for gifted identification at any time by teachers, parents or themselves. To initiate the identification process, please complete this Referral Form and share it with the gifted education facilitator at your child's school.