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.

We are currently accepting late applications for 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

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

Discovery Program Presentation

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) 
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.