Gifted and Talented


"Gifted and Talented" children mean 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. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. 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


The Cheyenne Mountain School District is committed to recognizing the unique talents, gifts, and abilities of its student population. We are committed to providing a learning environment which maximizes the intellectual development of each student. We believe gifted and talented students:

  • Have potential for outstanding performance
  • Have specific and significant needs; academically, socially, and emotionally
  • Require appropriate programming options and support
  • Benefit from a partnership shared by the school, the community and the parents


Our goals are designed to:

  • Meet the needs of individual students
  • Provide students with a curriculum that is a blending of advanced content and higher order thinking skills
  • Assist students in becoming self-directed learners and capable problem solvers
  • Provide opportunities for students to work in interest areas
  • Encourage students to become creative producers
  • Assist students in developing a solid awareness of their own talents, build a positive self-concept, and an appreciation of their values to self and to others


District 12 is proud to acknowledge that all of our Interventionists who work with gifted students in our elementary schools, junior high and high school have obtained the “Gifted Education” endorsement on their teaching licenses from the Colorado Department of Education. This means that each of them has passed a rigorous assessment at our state level that signifies that they have the training, education, and experience to deliver quality gifted education services to our students in grades K-12.

To learn more about specific programs and opportunities at a specific school, contact one of the following:

CMSD Gifted Coordinator
Stacy Aldridge, 475-6100

Broadmoor Elementary
Kelly Ringler,  475-6130

Cheyenne Mountain Elementary
Laura Cipiti, 576-3080

Gold Camp Elementary
Katrina Paige, 327-2820

Pinon Valley Elementary
Gina Dowlin, 527-0300

Skyway Elementary
Linette Sheridan, 475-6150

Cheyenne Mountain Junior High
Angela Powers,475-6120

Cheyenne Mountain High School                                        Vanessa Womack, 475-6110

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