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Gifted Education

Harrison School District 2 Gifted Education Program is aligned and supported by the district's core beliefs. We are committed to providing rigorous, student interest-based learning that will grow the leaders of tomorrow. It is our goal to give our students the best global and real-world experience in and out of the classroom through exemplary instruction within a diverse and unified community.

D2 is dedicated to meeting the needs of our diverse gifted learners by building upon their academic and talented strengths. Every school has a gifted specialist who works collaboratively with teachers and the gifted coordinator to ensure exceptional programming for every gifted learner. This includes creating an Advanced Learning Plan with both academic and affective needs goals. Student and parent input is a critical component for developing these plans.

What is Gifted?

Gifted children are persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.

Gifted students include students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional), and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

Further information on State gifted laws and regulations can be accessed through the Colorado Department of Education website at

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Gifted Education Coordinator
Pattie Vail
(719) 579-3240

Teresa Thomas
(719) 579-3240