Gifted and Talented Overview


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“Gifted and talented children” means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. 

Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

• General or specific intellectual ability.
• Specific academic aptitude.
• Creative or productive thinking.
• Leadership abilities.
• Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities


To recognize and nurture the development of exceptional abilities so that all gifted students demonstrate positive self-esteem, high-level thinking and creative productivity.


All gifted Poudre School District youth are identified by their strength areas and needs.  Educational programming is designed and implemented to match their identified needs.  Student progress and achievement is monitored through on-going dynamic assessment.  Teachers of gifted students participate in professional development to increase knowledge, skills and understanding of gifted students and required instruction.


For specific objectives related to the implementation of these goals please contact Caity Sahimi, PSD Gifted and Talented Facilitator, at or (970)-490-3076.

District Staff for Gifted Education in Poudre School District: