Prospective Students

  • Our Admissions Process

     

    PLAN YOUR VISIT

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Challenge School will not be offering Parent Information Sessions/Tours. For more information about Challenge School, please feel free to read our Student - Parent Handbook.

     

    ADMISSIONS PROCESS & INFORMATION

    The admissions process for the 2021-2022 school year will be facilitated by The Office of Gifted & Talented Services for Cherry Creek Schools.

    Challenge School is not a charter school; it is a highly-gifted magnet school within the Cherry Creek School District, and it is charged with the mission of meeting the needs of highly gifted students.

    While any student residing in the district may apply for admittance into Challenge School, the purpose of the admissions process is to select highly-gifted students who demonstrate a need for specialized programming due to their exceedingly high levels of cognition and/or academic achievement.

    The Challenge School admissions process is an equitable process based on a whole-child, robust Body of Evidence approach hinged on demonstrated student need for specialized programming. It is the intent of this process to draw broadly from all qualified candidates across the school district and to be inclusive rather than exclusive while also mirroring the racial demographics of the district.  

     

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

    Only students entering grades Kindergarten – 8th Grade and living within the Cherry Creek Schools boundaries may apply for admittance to the Challenge School. Proof of residence will be required and must be submitted as part of a completed application packet.

    Application packets can be downloaded from either the Challenge School website or the Office of Gifted & Talented Services webpage on the main Cherry Creek Schools website. 

    PRINTABLE 2021-2022 Application Packet

    Office of Gifted & Talented Services Website: Cherry Creek Office of Gifted and Talented Services

    Application packets and all supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Gifted & Talented Services in one of the following ways:

    • In person – see address below
    • Via mail – see mail address below

    Office of Gifted & Talented Services Student Achievement Resource Center

    14188 E. Briarwood Avenue

    Centennial, CO 80112

    Email: GT@cherrycreekschools.org

    Phone: (720) 886-7050

    The deadline for application packet submission is on or before 3:30pm, Friday, December 4, 2020. If mailing your packet, it must arrive to our office (not postmarked) by Friday, December 4, 2020.

    Due to the constantly evolving situation of Covid-19, it is HIGHLY recommended that you do not delay in the submission of your application.

     *Again, please note that only complete application packets will be accepted and reviewed.

     

    APPLICATION PACKET CONTENTS ~ for students who are currently attending a Cherry Creek Elementary or Middle School or those applying for Kindergarten

    Family Contact Information Sheet Parent Questionnaire

    Parent Observation Form

    All available assessment data/reports for the student(s) applying for admissions i.e., 504 Plans, Individual Education Plans (IEP). This includes any and all outside assessments.

    Verification of Parent Residency (Please see the list of acceptable verification documents below.) Check or Money Order made payable to Cherry Creek School District in the amount of $60.00.

    (Fee will be waived with documentation of qualification for free and reduced lunch.)

     

    APPLICATION PACKET CONTENTS ~ for students living within Cherry Creek Schools boundaries but attending a school outside the Cherry Creek School District

    Family Contact Information Sheet

    Signed & Dated Request for Student Records Parent Questionnaire

    Parent Observation Form

    All available assessment data/reports for the student(s) applying for admissions i.e., 504 Plans, Individual Education Plans (IEP). This includes any and all outside assessments.

    Verification of Parent Residency (Please see the list of acceptable verification documents below.) Check or Money Order made payable to Cherry Creek School District in the amount of $60.00.

    (Fee will be waived with documentation of qualification for free and reduced lunch.)

     

    VERIFICATION OF PARENT RESIDENCY

    *Actual residence at the address supplied is required.

     If you OWN your home, any of the following documents will be accepted.

    • Current gas or electric bill
    • Warranty Deed if purchased within the last 60 days
    • Three pieces of current USPS business mail received ~ at least 1 of the 3 items being a utility bill for the address
    • Future Purchase Contract ~ Complete, signed contract with Possession Date and Closing Date within the current semester/trimester

     If you RENT your home, any of the following documents will be accepted.

    • Current gas or electric bill
    • Three pieces of current USPS business mail received ~ at least 1 of the 3 items being a utility bill for the address
    • Future Lease/Signed Lease Agreement and receipt of the first month’s rent payment

     If you live with another family, please bring the following:

    • Completed and notarized Co-Resident Form which can be obtained through any district Admissions Office
    • Verification of residency for the family with whom you are living with, such as their current gas/electric bill AND current proof of your residence at the address (i.e., bank statement, insurance statement, Colorado drivers’ license receipt, mail received, etc., with your name, the address, and the date clearly listed)

     

    EVALUATION PROCESS

    Upon receipt of completed application packet, the contents will be reviewed and individual student assessment plans will be determined based on the contents of the student’s existing historical cognitive and academic data. If additional assessment is necessary to complete the student’s Body of Evidence, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by the Office of Gifted & Talented Services, and dates and times for the additional assessment(s) will be coordinated. 

    Necessary student data for admissions will consist of various types of cognitive screeners, 1:1 cognitive assessments, academic achievement data, and characteristics of gifted students in the form of the following:

    • Completed application packet questionnaires, if submitted
    • Historical cognitive screeners and/or 1:1 cognitive assessments
    • Standardized academic achievement data and/or historical academic achievement data
    • Normed and/or criterion-referenced cognitive and/or academic measures
      • Exact assessment selection is dependent on numerous individual student factors and will be discussed with parent(s)/guardian(s) on a 1-1
    • Any outside assessments completed
    • Any internal specialized assessments completed

    Please note that for children younger than age 4 years 11 months prior to assessment, 1:1 cognitive assessments and potentially 1:1 academic achievement assessments will be administered as those are the only assessments normed for student of such a young age.  The first assessment administered will be a gold-standard IQ test. The exact test administered will be chosen to fit the needs of each individual student as it is our desire that all students preform to their greatest ability possible as well as to ensure that all students have fair and equitable access to meeting admission criteria. Due to the length and intensity of these assessments, coupled with the young age of the children being assessed, 1:1 academic achievement assessments will only be scheduled if the results of the cognitive assessments fall into the 80th percentile or higher.

     

    DETERMINATION PROCESS

    Once all completed applications and any additional assessments have been conducted, determinations for admittance into Challenge School will be approached in the following manner. 

    Students must meet minimum criteria in the following three categories to be considered for admittance:

    • Superior levels of cognitive abilities
    • Far Above Average to Superior levels of academic achievement
    • Any qualitative information obtained throughout the process that speaks to the whole-child and his/her superior abilities and/or talents 

    Please remember that Challenge School is a magnet school designed to support the programming needs of highly-gifted students whom have demonstrated a need for highly specialized programming to meet his/her cognitive and academic needs. 

    Provided below is a grid which details an approximate number of applicants for each grade level and an approximate number of openings available at each grade level in any given school year. A highly gifted student normally scores at or above the 97th percentile in 1 or more cognitive domains as well as in the areas of reading and mathematical academic achievement. 

    Grade Level

    Approximate # of Applicants

    Approximate # of Openings per Grade per Year

    K

    120

    24

    1

    35

    18

    2

    30

    12

    3

    25

    8

    4

    20

    8

    5

    25

    12

    6

    35

    15

    7

    8

    5

    8

    2

    2

     

    Once all student data has been collected, application packets and student Bodies of Evidence will be divided into one of the following three categories: 

    Highly-qualified

    • These application packets and Bodies of Evidence will have met all three criteria listed

    Qualified

    • These application packets and Bodies of Evidence will have met two of the criteria listed

    Not-qualified

    • These application packets and Bodies of Evidence will have met one or fewer of the criteria listed

     

    Once the application packets and Bodies of Evidence have been sorted by qualification level, the following criteria will be applied based on available space at any given grade-level. 

    1. Students meeting the highly-qualified status and are also siblings of currently enrolled students.
    2. Students meeting the highly-qualified
    3. Students meeting the qualified status who are also siblings of currently enrolled
    4. Students meeting the qualified 

    In situations where there are more highly-qualified and qualified students than spaces available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list based on the ranked order of their highly-qualified or qualified status. 

    Determination letters will be sent to Parent(s)/Guardian(s) via US Mail, to the address provided in the application packet.

    • Letters will be mailed starting on February 12, 2021, not sooner

    If you have not received a letter by Friday, February 26, 2021, please contact the Office of Gifted & Talented Services at (720) 866-7050 or email to GT@cherrycreekschools.org

     

Last Modified on November 3, 2020