Early Access Process

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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."

Easy Access

2019-2020 Early Access Process is now open. Please read and complete all portions of the application linked below:

1) Early Access Process Guidelines
2) Early Access Intent to Apply Form
3) Early Access Application

Deadline Monday April 1, 2019

The window to apply for the 2019-2020 school year will be open from December 6, 2018 to April 1, 2019.


Colorado Department of Education

Young Gifted Characteristics