Highly Gifted and Talented Magnet Program


The Denver Public Schools Gifted and Talented Department will lead the nation in providing equitable, high impact gifted programming.


We strive to ensure that gifted and talented students are engaged, rigorously challenged and supported to reach their full emotional, intellectual, and creative potential. By equipping students to become successful, critical, compassionate, and collaborative individuals,  we are preparing them to become leaders and citizens of the 21st century.


Denver Public Schools provides services to gifted/high potential students and their families.  The Gifted and Talented Department oversees gifted and highly gifted identification in the district.  Gifted identification begins at the school level with the GT teacher and ends with a district level identification team review process.   In addition, we support and monitor each schools’ gifted programming in order to support best practice for gifted learners.

The department also assesses and qualifies students for the Advanced Kindergarten magnet program.  This program is not a gifted program.  Students who qualify for Advanced Kindergarten are not identified as gifted/talented.

What is Giftedness?

In the Denver Public Schools, “gifted and talented children” are students whose demonstrated abilities, talents and/or potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. These students perform, or show the potential of performing, at remarkably high levels in general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude or specific talent aptitude when compared with others of their age and experience. Gifted and talented children are present in all student groups, regardless of gender, disability, English language proficiency, economic status, ethnic or cultural background.

Carson Gifted Magnet Program

Mission Statement and Purpose

The Denver Public Schools Gifted and Talented Magnet Program provides an educational option for students in grades 1 through 8 to apply for center-based programming at one of the Magnet Program sites, such as Carson. This educational option is provided to address the extreme needs of magnet eligible students that may exhibit exceptional intellectual ability as well unique social and emotional needs.  Students benefit from the support provided by a peer group with similar interests and abilities.  This program is designed for the top one to two percent of students demonstrating the most extreme needs which cannot be met in a traditional classroom. This program is not specifically designed for students with abilities in the arts, leadership or creativity, although gifted students may also have these strengths.