Gifted Education

CSI's Student Services Department ensures gifted student growth and achievement across our portfolio of schools through systems of support, programming and advocacy.

"Gifted Children" means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains 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 gifted 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:

  • General or specific intellectual ability  Gifted
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities


Identification & Programming

CSI and CSI Schools follow the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) guidelines for identifying students in need of gifted education programming. Elements of the guidelines that allow for flexibility and choice in method of implementation are decided at the school level.

Identification Process
Referrals are submitted to the school's Gifted Coordinator. A referral made for gifted identification does not necessarily lead to the automatic administration of specific assessments. Referral forms vary from school to school. Contact your school's Gifted Coordinator to obtain the appropriate form.

The Gifted Coordinator and the school team will collect a body of evidence for review. A variety of assessments, rating scales, and performance information is reviewed by the team. Parent input will be solicited. The team will review the data to determine whether or not statewide identification criteria have been met.

Parents are provided written notice of determination within 30 days of referral. In the event that a referral is made within the month that the school closes for a major holiday break (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break) the determination process may take longer than 30 days.

Determination Team
Composition of teams varies among CSI schools, but always includes:
Gifted Coordinator trained in gifted identification
Teacher of student being referred
Staff member skilled in interpreting assessment data


Gifted Education FAQs

Concerns and Complaints

In the event of a conflict between the staff, administrators, or board members of an Institute School and a parent, staff, or community member (current or former) CSI adheres to its CSI Grievance Policy


Kimberly Caplan
School Programs Specialist  

To learn more about specific programs and opportunities at a CSI school, contact the school's Gifted Education Coordinator.