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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Want to know more about the Early Access Process? Click on the link below:

Early Access & The Young Advanced Child 2023


The Early Access to Kindergarten and First Grade Application Window

 for the 2024-25 School Year is now OPEN!

Deadline to apply is April 1, 2024

No late applications will be accepted.

To begin the application process please carefully review the 2024-2025 Early Access Application and Process Information linked below:

Application Process for Early Access 2024-25

After careful review of the information above, use the following information to formally initiate the application process. 

Step 1) Complete the Early Access Initial Application 2024-25

*Blank sample for preview purposes only linked HERE. You must submit your responses through the electronic link above.

Step 2) Complete the Early Access Parent/Guardian Observation Inventory & Survey 2024-25.

*Blank sample for preview purposes only linked HERE. You must submit your responses through the electronic link above.



Ya está abierta la ventana de solicitud de acceso temprano a jardín de infantes y primer grado para el año escolar 2024-2025
                                      Fecha límite de solicitud: 1 de abril de 2024

No se aceptarán solicitudes tardías.

Para comenzar con el proceso de solicitud, revise con cuidado la información del proceso y de la solicitud para el Acceso Temprano en el siguiente enlace:

Proceso de solicitud para el Acceso Temprano en 2024-25 

Luego de una cuidadosa revisión de la información anterior, utilice la información siguiente para iniciar de manera formal el proceso de solicitud. 

Paso uno: complete la información sobre la escuela/el estudiante/la familia para el Acceso Temprano y el consentimiento para la evaluación para el año escolar 2024-25.

*El enlace a una muestra en blanco con fines de previsualización se encuentra solo AQUÍ. Debe entregar sus repuestas a través del enlace electrónico que se menciona arriba. 

Paso dos: complete la información sobre inventario y encuesta de observación para padres/tutores sobre el acceso temprano para el año escolar 2024-25.

*El enlace a una muestra en blanco con fines de previsualización se encuentra solo AQUÍ. Debe entregar sus repuestas a través del enlace electrónico que se menciona arriba.  







Early Access FAQs

Colorado Department of Education

Young Gifted Characteristics


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