Gifted & Talented

Middle School Programming

Sagewood offers a continuum of programming options for gifted/high potential learners based on a student’s area of strength and learning needs. Students utilize high-level thinking through interdisciplinary units and content-specific academic units. Advanced courses are designed to address the needs of gifted/high potential middle school students in three core areas, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science. Staff at the elementary and middle school levels collaborate using a body of evidence to inform placement decisions as students transition from elementary to middle school.

In addition to advanced courses, student needs may be addressed through a variety of instructional practices which include:

  • World class instruction (Best practices)
  • Affective guidance
  • Differentiated curriculum, instruction & assessment
  • Flexible pacing & grouping
  • Goal setting for college planning
  • Pre-assessment & compacting
  • Depth & complexity of content
  • Access to enrichment opportunities

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If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Penzenstadler:

If you have questions concerning Destination Imagination, please contact Virginia Angus at 303-803-4955


We are excited to reinstate the Douglas County School District Advisory Council. The mission of the Council is to gather, communicate, and disseminate information to stakeholders, as well as advocate, influence, support, and ensure accountability for quality programming for gifted learners in Douglas County School District. We are seeking parent representatives from each feeder and charter region to serve on the council. Please see the following form for more information and to self nominate and appear on your feeder ballot. Parent representatives must have a child identified for gifted programming and attending a DCSD school.

Please contact the gifted education facilitator at your child's school, or Misty Burkhart, DCSD Gifted Education Coordinator, with any questions.

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