Discovery Program

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

DISCOVERY PROGRAM INFORMATION NIGHTS:
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Acres Green Elementary School
13524 Acres Green Dr.
Littleton, CO 80124
Wednesday, October 17th,2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Northridge Elementary School
555 Southpark Rd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pine Lane Elementary School
North Campus
6485 E Ponderosa Dr.
Parker, CO
Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Tuesday September 25th,2018*
Highlands Ranch High School
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
*In conjunction with GT 101parent evening

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To apply for the placement into the Discovery Program for the 2019-2020 school year, please read and complete all portions of the application linked below:

1) Intent to Apply Form (please complete to initiate the application process)

2) Overall Programming Information

3) Family / Student Information

4) Parent Rating Form

5) Student Questionnaire Form

6) Teacher Rating Form

7) Application Checklist

Homeschool Information



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

Acres Green Elementary
13524 Acres Green Drive
Littleton, CO 80124
303-387-7125

Northridge Elementary
555 Southpark Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
303-387-6525

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

Pine Lane Elementary North (4-6) 
6450 East Pine Lane Ave. 
Parker, CO 80138 

Renaissance ELOB Magnet Elementary 
3960 Trail Boss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-387-8000

Identification Process

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.