Mrs. Busman & 

Mrs. Montoya

 Gifted & Talented Facilitators

Welcome to the Gifted Education site for Heritage Elementary.  Please use the links along the top of the screen or the drop down menu under "MORE" to learn about gifted education identification, referral process, learning opportunities and more.  

NEWS:  Upcoming Cogat Testing - 2nd Grade

Dear Parents/Guardians,

DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 6th grade--a student's final year of elementary school (November).


2nd Grade Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd grade that are not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of February 5th - 9th.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

 For more information, please visit our Gifted Education at Heritage website or email our Gifted Education Facilitators, Lisa Busman  &  Jill Montoya

Want to learn more about GIFTED EDUCATION in Douglas County? Please visit our district website!

Jill Montoya


Lisa Busman