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Gifted and Talented

Welcome to PPA’s Gifted and Talented information page. Here, you will find resources useful for parents and teachers regarding Gifted and Talented Programs.


If you would like to initiate the GIFTED IDENTIFICATION process for your child, please complete the Gifted Identification Referral Form. Be advised, you will need approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete the entire document. There is not a way to save your progress in this form. You need to be ready with your child to fill it out.




DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 5th or 6th grade--a student's final year of elementary school (November).


5th/6th Grade Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 5th not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 7th-November 11th.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  


If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

  • If your child is in grades 3, or 4, and you believe they need evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.  

  • NOTE:  Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification. 

  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked Gifted Identification Referral Form.

  • Upon receipt of this form, the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss the next steps in the gifted identification process.






You have a right to

  • know about your giftedness.
  • learn something new everyday.
  • be passionate about your talent area without apologies.
  • have an identity beyond your talent area.
  • feel good about your accomplishments.
  • make mistakes.
  • seek guidance in the development of your talent.
  • have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends.
  • choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue.
  • not to be gifted at everything.


For questions about our Gifted and Talented Programs please contact Shauna Williams, Gifted and Talented Facilitator via email at [email protected] or by phone at 720-709-7400.