Advanced Academics and GT

  • Advanced classes are designed to provide increased opportunities for students to engage in rich, rigorous curriculum in all facets of academic core classes. Students can be placed in any of the following advanced classes: language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students are also encouraged to enroll in two full years of foreign language during 7th and 8th grade.

    Students in advanced classes will develop advanced academic abilities, strong reading and writing skills, and an ability to reason and think critically. In addition, students can expect daily homework in advanced classes as well as long-term assignments. Students participate in critical questioning, problem-solving, argumentation, inquiry, and analysis in each subject area. Students will be appropriately placed in classes based on a body of evidence that includes, but is not limited to, assessment scores. Students do not have to be identified as gifted to access advanced classes.  

    Gifted and Talented (GT) District Definition

    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 gifted 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

    Horizon GT Extended Core

    The GT Extended Core class is student-driven, project-based class for students who are identified as gifted or are in the gifted talent pool (students who meet some, but not all criteria for gifted identification). In this class, students will learn about the importance of creative and innovative thinking while learning about the design process. Students will create their own project that will allow them to pursue an area of interest while also encouraging them to 7 consider how they can use their interests to help others and make an impact on the world around them. This class is designed to help students develop and strengthen their 21st Century Skills in:

    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Information, Media, and Technology

    In addition to the student-driven project, students will have daily access to Horizon’s Gifted Learning Teacher who will help them understand the Advanced Learning Plan and progress monitor the academic and social-emotional goals that are at the heart of that plan.