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

See more at:

Our school has a new Referral Form/Parent Survey/Student Survey for identifying GT students in our building. If you are thinking your son/daughter is gifted in any area, please give myself a call. We can discuss the process and get started on a referral form. The link is provided below.

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If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Penzenstadler:

* Parents of GT students, want to get involved? The Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented is a great place to start. A link to their website can be found here.

* SGMS GT students, want to get involved? The Colorado Gifted & Talented Student Board is a great place to start. A link to their website can be found here

Summer Institutes/Opportunities

Duke TIP Summer Institutes

They have 2-3 week institutes at a variety of universities around the country.

Robinson Center for Young Scholars

  • Grades 7-10-Summer Enrichment/Extension Programs for Gifted Students

Center for Bright Kids

  • The mission of the Center for Bright Kids is to provide access and opportunities for K-12 students with high interest and/or high ability in quality enrichment and acceleration programming that encourage self-growth, social responsibility, and a positive view toward lifelong learning. See more details by visiting the website

Destination Imagination


Start your team today. Most of our teams start in November!

We are happy to meet at your school and do information nights, staff meetings or PTA meetings.

DI offers:

  • Student Owned Learning

  • Strong Support of Volunteer Team Managers

  • High application of school curriculum to DI solutions

  • Cross disciplinary learning


End of Year Giving: Your Gift helps to us to reach more students.

Team Manager Training

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Destination Imagination season.

DI Colorado, our regions and the Destination Imagination National Office have many, many training opportunities for our Team Managers.

Check out the DI Colorado Team Manager page for information about live trainings and webinars in the State of Colorado. More information about agendas can be found here: Click Here

There are also webinars available for those who can't make a live Team Manager Training.

To Register for a Webinar: Click Here

To view a previously aired Webinars: Click Here

This page will be updated as more trainings are added. Keep tuned.

November 19, 7:00 pm, Improv Webinar Click Here

November 20, 6:30 pm, New Team Manager training. CANCELLED

December 4, 7:00 pm, Scientific Webinar Click Here

December 7, 8:00 am, Team Manager Training for all. Agenda, Hamilton Middle School, 8600 E Dartmouth Ave, Denver, CO 80231

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