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Identification & Assessment

Processes for Identifying Students as Gifted/Talented

GT Identifications in Adams 12 Five Star Schools are made by the AAGS department and qualified personnel based on a Body of Evidence (BOE) following criteria set by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The AAGS department evaluates GT Identifications for all Five Star schools, which include boundary schools, magnet schools, and charter schools.

The gifted identification process begins with expressing interest to your school's GT Coordinator. Each school's web page has a Google form to nominate your child electronically. This will begin the nomination process, which will include an automated parent signature request sent to your email in Infinite Campus. 

The hard copy Parent Forms are available in the following languages if needed. 

Universal Screener Information (2nd and 6th Grades)

As part of the nomination process, the teacher will collect input from both the family and the student to influence programming and goal setting as part of the Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). 

Parent-School Partnership (Spanish)

Student Interview (Spanish)

Areas of Strength

Students with exceptional potential can be found in a variety of Areas of Strength. The Twelve Traits of Giftedness and the Profiles of the Gifted & Talented- Matrix provide common characteristics of Gifted & Talented children. See below for more information on the identification of students in the following GT Areas of Strength (Spanish):

Intellectual Ability / Academic Aptitude

Academic Aptitude

General intellectual ability is the potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level, which is usually reflected in extraordinary performance in a variety of cognitive or academic areas, or consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of one's age, experience, or environment. This is usually shown through advanced cognitive and/or achievement scores in one or more areas. This area also typically includes twice-exceptional (2e) identification and provides indicators for the Talent Pool.  Learn More

Creative / Productive Thinking

Divergent Thinking

Creative students can be recognized by their imaginative thinking ability, and their ability to come up with many, varied, and unusual responses to problems or questions. They solve problems, see problems others do not see, see connections among seemingly unrelated concepts and ideas, find humor in many situations, are imaginative, and make adaptations on ideas and things. Learn More

Leadership Abilities


Students with leadership potential articulate ideas well, orally and/or in written form, have clear opinions on actions and ideas to pursue, and are able to convince others to carry them out. Leaders may be quiet or extroverted. They are skilled at bringing structure to activities on which they are working, at following through, and at cooperating and getting others to cooperate. Learn More 

Visual Arts / Specific Talent Aptitude

Visual / Performing Arts

Artistically or Talent Aptitude identified students exhibit exceptional ability in art or a specific talent, as demonstrated by high-level products and/or performances in the talent area. Artistic students are able to arrive at unique and unconventional solutions to artistic problems. We ask that student's collect and submit a portfolio, which includes many specific requirements for each talent area. All Talent Area student portfolios are collected and reviewed one time in the spring of each school year and are due by April 6 each year. Please see your school's GT Coordinator for more information. Learn More