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Gifted & Talented Programming

For a summary of the gifted identification process, development of advanced learning plans, and programming offered, please visit Ms. Egan's Google Site:


What Is Gifted?
Gifted children are those children who are so extraordinary or advanced in any one or more areas that they need special programming to meet their needs. Gifted students can be of any socio-economic, cultural, and racial group, and they can be gifted in many ways such as: academically, intellectually, musically, creatively, in visual or performing arts, and/or have exceptional leadership abilities. These learners are typically very curious, they learn quickly,  and often have an excellent (and mature) sense of humor. Please read below for some helpful information for parents and students.

Western Academic Talent Search
The Western Academic Talent Search is an academic talent search program based on above-level testing and optimal match. Since many bright young students achieve above grade level, the talent search may more accurately measure their abilities than traditional in-grade achievement tests. The SAT, ACT, and PSAT tests provide a higher ceiling and valuable assessment information for young academically talented students. Taking these tests also provides students with early experience in taking college entrance-type tests. Students who have participated over the years report increased comfort with standardized testing and significant score gains based upon Talent Search experiences.

Douglas County School District

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) will be given to all NSA sixth graders the week of November 6, 2023. The following link explains the universal screening process: Universal Screen

Gifted Education Referral Form

Gifted Education Referral Form (Spanish)

DCSD Gifted Programming Website

Douglas County Association of Gifted and Talented (DCAGT)

Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Colorado Department of Education - Gifted Information

Information about Early Access Process to Kindergarten/1st Grade

Identification and Services

North Star Academy Gifted Facilitator
Charo Egan
[email protected]