Discovery Program

The DCSD Elementary Discovery Program is a center based gifted program designed to meet the needs of highly advanced gifted elementary school students (grades 2 - 6) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from gifted programming and services provided through their school. 

The application window for the 2024-2025 school year is now open.

Application Deadline: November 17, 2023.

To begin the application process please carefully review the 2023-2024 Discovery Program Application and Process Information linked HERE.

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

In-District Discovery Program Application Information

Student currently enrolled in a DCSD School in grades 1-5


Out of District Discovery Program Application Information

Students currently enrolled in a non-DCSD school in grades 1-5


Home School Discovery Program Application Information

The Discovery Program is designed for students with the following characteristics: 


•Exceptional intellectual/cognitive ability 
•Consistent advanced academic achievement and performance 
•Intense curiosity and motivation to learn
•Unique ability to make connections and understand complex concepts 


Want to know more about DCSD's Discovery Program?


Join us for an in-person informational night at one of our Discovery Program sites:


Pine Lane Elementary School

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Renaissance Magnet School

Monday, October 23, 2023

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Northridge Elementary School

Tuesday October 3rd, 2023

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Please use this Google Form to R.S.V.P for an in-person Discovery Information night.

This will help us plan for the number of families joining us.

OR join us for a VIRTUAL information session:

September 13th, 2023


Please R.S.V.P using this Google Form

Information including the virtual link will be sent directly to you upon receipt.

Unable to join us? 

Explore these resources: 

Facebook Link or YouTube Link

Discovery Program Presentation

 If you believe your child requires intense gifted education services, please connect with the Gifted Education Facilitator at your child’s school for more information about Gifted Education in DCSD.

       Find your Gifted Education Facilitator by clicking the link below:
      Gifted Education Facilitators by School

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Outside Agencies

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Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).