When appropriate educational programming for gifted and talented students is provided, the Cherry Creek School District expects the following results:
- Students will demonstrate measurable growth, commensurate with their documented abilities, in all academic areas.
- Students will have increased opportunities for educational choice in the overall school program.
- Students will report a positive attitude about school, learning, and their own academic abilities. Parents will report positive attitudes about their children's school and learning experiences.
Continuum of Services
Cherry Creek School District provides a continuum of services available for gifted students based on the student's areas of strength and learning needs. The model is adapted from the 1998 National Research Center for Gifted and Talented and the 2005 Colorado State Programming model.
The Cherry Creek School District supports research-based strategies that provide opportunities for optimal learning to ensure that gifted and talented students will perform at levels commensurate with their abilities. Gifted and talented students are provided a dynamic, challenging educational program at every level throughout their school career.
Because Cherry Creek Schools is committed to site-based management and because each school reflects the needs and values of its unique community, the service options for gifted students will vary among schools across the district. However, the recognition and identification of these students, commitment to meeting their needs, and dedication to maximizing their academic performance remains a uniform priority.
The following are examples of such service options:
- Flexible cluster grouping based on learning needs, readiness, and ability
- Curriculum compacting (allows student to advance to next learning level when appropriate)
- Acceleration (by grade or subject when appropriate)
- Differentiation (adjustment of content, process and product) based on student's academic need and ability
- Pull-out classes with instructional specialists during the school day but outside the regular classroom
- Rigorous enrichment programs and projects (additional opportunities for developing intellectual potential)
- Affective support (addressing social and emotional needs either for individuals or in groups)
- Advanced placement for special classes in content areas or elective courses, some for college credit
- Independent study projects
- Honors and high achievement diploma programs