Gifted and Talented


The St. Vrain Valley Schools Gifted Education Department supports the identification of and programming for gifted children K-12. This department works with staff, parents, and the community in the area of gifted education. Our mission is to ensure gifted students’ learning and growth through educational provisions and advocacy.


Gifted & Talented Nominations



Each year, schools in St. Vrain Valley School District complete a process to identify students who demonstrate exceptional ability or performance in one or more academic areas and may, therefore, qualify for Gifted/Talented educational services.  These students usually perform at least two years above grade level in their strength area(s) and require additional academic challenges in order to support their continued educational growth and progress. In addition, they usually demonstrate characteristics of unique creativity and high motivation in their strength areas.


The search for gifted/talented students begins with an opportunity for parents and/or teachers to refer students for review.  Once referrals are received, a team of educators evaluate student testing data, standardized test scores, rating scales and other school data to determine which assessments are needed in order to build the body of evidence and meet the Board of Education approved criteria for identification.


If you believe that your child is demonstrating skills and/or academic/performance achievement above grade level peers, please pick up a nomination form from your school office, or contact your school’s Gifted/Talented  liaison, Jennifer Macios at, with questions.  




SMS ALP Parent Presentation