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What is a Gifted Center?

The needs of advanced learners are mainly addressed at each neighborhood school. Jefferson County also offers an optional program, the Gifted Center, for highly academic students who are identified as Gifted.

In existence since 1984, Gifted Centers are housed in regular school settings and provide full-time educational experiences. Instruction involves acceleration, enrichment, and attention to affective needs. Instruction is based on various formal and informal data to assure that the needs of the students are met.

See our GT Center School Expectations for our commitments to families.

See this list of GT Center FAQs to answer common questions about GT Centers.

GT Center Applications are now open!
We are now accepting applications for our GT Centers for the 2018-19 school year. Our spring application window is open through Jan. 16th, with testing on Feb. 3rd.

The Fall Application closed at 4:00 pm on Friday October 13th.

Visit our Application and Testing Information page to apply.

Here is a list of our GT Center Schools and staff.

This flowchart shows the likely progression students would follow from one GT Center to the next level for a K-12 GT Center experience.


6th Grade Middle School Transition

Jeffco schools is in the process of transitioning 6th graders from elementary schools to middle schools over the course of the next 2 years.  Students who are already enrolled in Gifted and Talented Center programs are assured a continuous GT Center school experience. Please see this link for further information about how this transition will affect our various GT Centers over the next few years.

Wheat Ridge HS GT Visioning Input

  • On September 27, 2017, parents, students, and staff from the Wheat Ridge HS GT Center came together to discuss visioning for GT Center programming at the school. You can view all of the brainstorming around ideal vision, challenges, and potential solutions WRHS GT priorities. Click here for a collated version of this feedback, which the Rapid Improvement Event team will be reviewing as part of their work.


  • On October 25 - 27 a group of WRHS students and teachers, high school principals including the WRHS principal, WRHS parents, WRHS GT facilitators, both SAC and JAGC members, the Chief Financial and Student Success Officers, the JEFFCO GT Director, and an area DTL Representative and area Achievement Director came together to authenticate concerns around improving and sustaining the GT center program at WRHS without losing focus on the needs of all WRHS students or the Principal’s role in determining spending priorities as they align with the school. The above input from the 9/27 visioning meeting was considered in this process. At the conclusion of that event there was consensus from all individuals within the group to provide a recommendation to Dr. Glass. That recommendation was provided to Dr. Glass on Friday, October 28th. You can view photos of this team’s work in this folder.

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