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


Frequently asked Questions About Gifted Identification


Early Access

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