What is Early Access?
Young children who are highly gifted, and score in the 97th percentile or above on a normed cognitive assessment, may benefit from early entrance into kindergarten or first grade. Due to the rigorous academic demands of accelerating a student into kindergarten and first grade, students are screened using a number of nationally recognized assessments, and decision are made by a team of teachers and psychologists in collaboration with parents to make sure each child's individual needs are met. A child may satisfy the requirements to be identified as gifted, but may not be highly gifted and meet the criteria for Early Access as determined by the Colorado Department of Education.
Children must be four years old by October 1 of the following school year to apply for Early Access to kindergarten, and children must be five years old by that date to apply for first grade. Applications are available on this page and may be submitted to Jenny Bennetts at 15751 E 1st Ave, Aurora 80011 by January 6, 2017. Individual screens will be by appointment and administered on the last two Saturdays in January.
House Bill 08-1021 created the opportunity for Aurora Public Schools to accelerate highly advanced gifted children under age 4 for kindergarten and/or under age 5 for first grade pursuant to CRS 22-20-204(2). The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) is Colorado’s primary law with requirements for the implementation of specific elements and procedures for gifted education programs.