Early Access Program

The Early Access application process is closed for the

2017-2018 school year.

Gifted and Talented - Early Access to Kindergarten and First Grade

Solicitudes para el Acceso Temprano al Jardin Infantil o Primer Grado Ya Estan Disponibles

What is Early Access?

Early Access is offered to those few students who would fully benefit from the opportunity to begin formal schooling early and who would not suffer emotional, social, or developmental setbacks because of early entrance. The Board of Education has approved the option for qualified, highly gifted 4-year-olds wishing to enter kindergarten and 5-year-olds wishing to enter first grade. Early Access was the focus of legislation passed in 2008. The District has filed a plan with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for implementation of the law and its accompanying Rules and Regulations.

Who is Early Access intended for?

Early Access is a way for highly gifted students to enter kindergarten or 1st grade early. Because of the District 51 change in kindergarten dates, Early Access has been mistakenly thought of as a way to test into kindergarten. However, it isn't designed for students that missed the cut-off. It is designed for students that are highly advanced (cognitively and academically).

Very few children qualify for Early Access under the strict CDE guidelines. Four-year-olds wishing to enter kindergarten early must be so advanced that they already demonstrate nearly all the skills taught in kindergarten. Those wishing to bypass kindergarten and enter first grade early must be very advanced in reading or pre-reading skills and in mathematical concepts and processes.

Characteristics of Young Gifted Students

What is the District process?

What forms are needed for Early Access?

Procedures for Disagreements for Early Access

For CDE information on the law, please view CDE Early Access Guidelines.

Another helpful document: Enriching Your High-Ability Pre-School or Kindergarten Child

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