Gifted and Talented Education

Montrose & Olathe Schools

The mission of Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) in MCSD is twofold: first, to identify students who demonstrate superior aptitude in academics, art, music, the performing arts, leadership, creativity or psycho-motor ability; and second, to provide a rigorous educational environment in which students have the opportunity to optimize their academic and affective growth and development.

The goals of GATE in MCSD are:

  1. To continue to implement the CDE identification processes (found at
  2. To increase identification of GT students from underrepresented groups in our district.
  3. To develop and implement identification procedures in additional areas (leadership, creativity, music, art, performing arts, and psychomotor ability).
  4. To hire and retain personnel who are qualified and knowledgeable about gifted education practices, policies, and procedures.
  5. To support students by working to increase academic rigor, opportunities for interaction with like-minded peers, and education and support for affective needs.
  6. To expand capacity in the district by providing professional development and support for staff in the area of gifted education.
  7. To communicate regularly and transparently with stakeholders, including students, parents, staff members, and community members.
  8. To increase community involvement in our GATE department.

The mission of the MCSD Gifted and Talented Program is to provide an educational environment for the identified G/T students that will allow them to develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. The primary goal of the Gifted and Talented Program is to identify the unique potential of each student and to provide the educational environment conducive to develop that potential.

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) team at MCSD is committed to meeting the educational needs of our gifted students.

The program varies from school to school. There are some similarities in all the schools. Students who are formally identified into the program are provided services on a weekly basis at the elementary school level. Elementary facilitators push and challenge kids in their identified strength areas and provide weekly enrichment projects. Students are screened for advanced classes in their strength area at the middle school level.

Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

John Steele

Secondary STEM/Gifted Education Coordinator

Montrose County School District RE-1J

930 Colorado Ave.

Montrose, CO 81401

970-249-7726 ext. 4902