Early Access for the 2017-2018 School Year
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Explanation of Early Access
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.
Process for Evaluation
The multi-step process established by Cherry Creek Schools in identifying children as "highly advanced gifted" is listed below.
A completed portfolio will include all paperwork along with a evaluation fee of $250. Children who do not proceed to the evaluation process after paper screening will receive a full refund. No fee will be charged for families who qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch program. A copy of your eligibility letter from district foodservice must be included in the application packet.
The process includes:
- Parent or guardian completing an Early Access application packet
- Preschool teacher completing a portfolio of documents based on the grade level for which you are applying for Early Access (if the child does not attend preschool, an adult who is not a family member must complete the questionnaire)
- Review committee screening to determine whether or not the application meets the requirements to proceed to the evaluation process
- Further standardized testing for those applicants continuing in the evaluation process as determined by the review committee
- Administration of formal aptitude/cognitive tests conducted by district professionals
- Observation of the child to assess social interactions
- Written notification sent to parents and schools
The screening committee will determine whether portfolio information warrants the child continuing in the evaluation process. If continuation is deemed appropriate, a qualified CCSD staff member will administer all testing, including one or more standardized tests.
Parents will receive written notification as to whether or not the child meets all of the criteria for Early Access.
The school's Gifted Ed resource teacher will contact parents of students who meet criteria for Early Access in order to set up a time to meet with school and district personnel to develop an initial Advanced Learning Plan.
All portfolios should include work samples in writing, math, problem solving and creativity ability. Work samples should be in the child's writing and should reflect his/her thinking. Worksheets or examples of cutting are not the best indicators. Rather, look for exemplars like a mini-research project or explaining a complex problem. Work samples may include a number story with matching equations in order to get more of a sense of thinking. Responses to open ended questions like, "How did you know the characters in the book you just read were friends?" or "What are the other ways to show how this problem can be solved?" are also good samples to include.
All paperwork must be received for a portfolio to be considered complete. Complete portfolio applications will be screened in early March and families will be notified by the end of the month regarding the status of their application.