Thank you for your interest in Early Access. In accordance with Colorado House Bill 08-1021, the Cherry Creek School District has established a process for identifying "highly advanced gifted" children under the age of 6 who demonstrate a need for Early Access into kindergarten or first grade. The purpose of the Early Access process is to identify and meet the needs of highly advanced gifted students who require comprehensive academic acceleration. Please remember that services and support provided by typical early childhood experiences will meet the needs of the vast majority of students including gifted learners.Students under the age of six who meet the criteria for Colorado's definition of "highly advanced gifted" are eligible for early school admittance. Children identified as highly advanced gifted comprise the top one to two percent of the gifted population. They exhibit exceptional ability or potential when compared to same-age children. The purpose of Early Access is to identify and serve the very few highly advanced gifted children who require comprehensive academic acceleration. Please click here to see a list of common traits and descriptors of young gifted children.
In order to go through the Cherry Creek Early Access Process, students must currently reside within the district. Early Access is available for the student's neighborhood school only.
The Early Access process consists of the following steps:
- Portfolio Screening: Review of portfolio materials including parent input, teacher input and all work samples included
- Follow-up Communications: After the portfolio screening, all families will be contacted by letter. Students whose portfolios indicate traits of a "highly advanced gifted" learner and a strong potential need for Early Access will continue to steps 3 and 4 (see below).
- Assessment: Formal administration of cognitive, academic achievement, and developmental testing. This step includes a student observation in the preschool setting, if possible.
- Determination: The Early Access committee will review all of the information gathered about each student, and a decision will be made about whether or not the child's Body of Evidence meets the Early Access requirements. Parents/guardians and school personnel will be notified of the committee's decision by letter.
Appeals: An appeals process may be initiated by writing a formal letter of appeal and submitting it to the Office of Advanced Academic Services. New information to clarify inaccuracies, or that might require a decision to be reviewed, should be included with the written appeal letter. If the applicant is still not satisfied with the decision, a formal meeting may be scheduled with the Coordinator of Advanced Academic Services.
Please deliver complete portfolios to the address below. Deliveries will be accepted between 8:00-3:30 on any regular business day. Materials must be received no later than noon on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Cherry Creek School District
Office of Advanced Academics
Instructional Support Facility
5416 South Riviera Way
Centennial, CO 80015
Complete portfolios must include all paperwork (see checklist) along with a check for $250 (made payable to Cherry Creek School District) to cover the cost of testing.*
Only complete portfolios will be screened.
No late portfolios will be accepted.
*This fee is not applicable to families who qualify for free or reduced meals. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, you may contact the district Foodservice office at 720-886-7175. If your child does not participate in steps 3 and 4 of this process, your application fee will be returned.
Family Contact Information.pdf
Parent Observations Form.pdf
All work samples should be completed independently by the child.
Work samples must include:
Writing – Examples of student's ability to independently write
- Name and home address
- 3 short sentences of their choice (examples: pets, vacations, favorite activities)
- Alphabet – how many letters can be formed in 30 seconds
Reading – Examples of Independent reading fluency and comprehension
- Completion of Reading and Sounds worksheets in appropriate work sample folder i.e., First grade or Kindergarten
Math – Examples of Independent completion of computation skills
- Completion of Math worksheets in appropriate work sample folder i.e., First grade or Kindergarten
Required Kindergarten Work Samples
Required 1st Grade Work Samples