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The Cherry Creek School District defines gifted and talented students as: children possessing outstanding abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment which are so exceptional or developmentally advanced when compared with same-aged peers that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.
Gifted students include students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional). Exceptional abilities or potential are present in all ethnic and cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all arenas of human endeavor.
Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of one or any combination of the following areas of giftedness:
- General or specific intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership abilities
- Visual Arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities
The Cherry Creek School District believes that gifted and talented students have unique academic and affective needs. Cherry Creek administrators and teachers support a philosophy that emphasizes the need for a challenging learning environment that focuses on a high achievement for every gifted and talented student, as well as meeting their unique social and emotional needs.
Programming for gifted and talented students must be responsive to individual needs and must recognize the multiple talents, challenges, and cultural and linguistic diversity of the district's population.
The Cherry Creek School District supports researched-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 should be provided dynamic, challenging, educational programming at every level throughout their school career.
The purpose of gifted education in the Cherry Creek School District is to inspire students to maximize growth and cultivate talent in both academic and affective domains.