Discovery Program

The Douglas County School District Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (2nd to 6th grade) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school programming.

Want to know more about DCSD's Discovery Program?

See below for the video recording of the DCAGT and DCSD information meeting.....
Facebook Link
YouTube Link

Join DCAGT (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented) on their Facebook page on Wednesday, November 11 from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

or the DCSD virtual parent information session Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30-6:30 using Google Meet. Click HERE for meeting link.

¿Quiere saber más sobre el Programa Discovery del DCSD?

Unase a DCAGT (Asociación del Condado de Douglas para Dotados y
Talentosos) en su Página de Facebook el miércoles 11 de noviembre de 6:00 a 7:00 pm

o la sesión virtual de información para padres de DCSD el martes 17 de noviembre de 5: 30-6: 30 usando Google Meet. Haga clic AQUÍpara el enlace de la reunión.

We are currently accepting applications for placement into the Discovery Program for the 2021-2022 school year, please read and complete all portions of the application linked below:
(We are currently accepting Late application)

Application Overview

In District- Elementary Discovery Program Application

Out of District- Elementary Discovery Program Application

Homeschool- Elementary Discovery Program Application            

Discovery Program Presentation


Descripción general de la aplicación

En el distrito: solicitud del programa de descubrimiento de primaria

Solicitud para el programa de descubrimiento de escuelas primarias fuera del distrito

Para estudiantes actualmente educados en el hogar: solicitud del programa de descubrimiento de primaria

Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program, a body of evidence is needed to determine the best match between student and programming. Information considered must include documented cognitive ability, additional standardized testing, progress reports, student, parent, and teacher input.

Three major criteria for placement are:

  • Advanced intellectual/cognitive ability
  • Classroom performance above grade level in at least one content area
  • No below grade level performance in any content area. Multiple criteria will be considered in the identification process that gives evidence of the best match between student academic need and the rigorous environment of the program. 

While every effort is made to assign students to the site in their feeder area and closest to their neighborhood school, assignments may be offered based on space availability.

Note: The Discovery Program could be relocated to other sites due to the needs of the District. 

email for questions or concerns

The Elementary Discovery Program is located at the following magnet sites:  

Northridge Elementary
555 Southpark Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Pine Lane Elementary South (K-3) 
6475 E. Ponderosa Dr. 
Parker, CO 80138 

Pine Lane Elementary North (4-6) 
6485 E. Ponderosa Dr.
Parker, CO 80138 

Renaissance ELOB Magnet Elementary 
3960 Trail Boss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80104

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