​​8984878609_ec591b6025_o.jpg​Mountain Ridge Talented and Gifted Program Enrichment Opportunities​​Check the calendar and announcements often to keep up to date on a variety of activities and workshops scheduled for all TAG students.​​​

" 'Gifted Children' means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. 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, ethnic, and 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, Dance, or Psychomotor Abilities"

(12.01 (16) ECEA Rules, 2015)


Colorado Rules for the Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA)

Colorado Department of Education

12.01 (16)

Effective June 1, 2015


Academy District 20

Gifted Education Program

Belief Statement

The Academy District 20 Gifted Education Program is dedicated to excellence by maximizing the potential and meeting the exceptional educational and affective needs of identified gifted students from diverse populations. The Academy District 20 Gifted Education Program provides gifted students opportunities for intellectual challenge, engaging enrichments, and dynamic programming resulting in maximum growth. We strive to inspire creativity, passion for learning, leadership, and social responsibility.


September 29, 2015

Tammy Childs, Kathy Wooldridge, Christine Draper, Ruthi Manning-Freeman​


We believe:

  • that the gifted and talented student has unique needs and strengths and, therefore, requires an education appropriate to his or her needs
  • that opportunities must be provided for multi-talent development for a student to realize his or her full potential
  • the opportunities must be provided for learners to develop self-awareness, a positive self-concept, and productive interpersonal relationships
  • that the development of strategies, materials, and curricula must be designed to help the student become increasingly self-directed
  • that programs must provide for optimum intellectual development and prepare learners for future society

  • To provide the home, the school and the community with an understanding of the needs of the gifted and talented 
  • To provide additional opportunities for peers of giftedness to interact together outside the regular classroom context 
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop self-direction, responsibility for self, positive self-concept, and the ability to identify and to express feelings 
  • To provide opportunities for students to recognize and to develop the processes of higher-level thinking skills through the use of appropriate models which include problem-solving techniques and critical and creative thinking strategies 
  • To provide a means of continually expanding, evaluating, and adapting our philosophy in keeping with the changing society 

The major responsibility for meeting the needs of talented and gifted students at the middle school level is shared by the student's academic team teachers, the student, and the parent(s). School exploratory and enrichment classes also offer students opportunities for further talent development.


Identified students become a part of a middle school talent pool and are offered opportunities geared to their specific strength area(s). Students new to the district are considered for TAG services upon entry into the District.
Students with highly exceptional needs may learn self-advocacy skills through the use of an ALP (Advanced Learning Plan). A building facilitator for talented and gifted programming works with identified students and their parents and teachers to carry out the process of developing an ALP, rich with specific academic and affective learning goals.​
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Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  On the first day of school all students will log in to Schoology at 7:50 am to get the link to attend the first virtual class of the day.

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