INSTRUCTION & OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIFTED AND HIGH ACHIEVING LEARNERS

  • Every public, charter, and alternative school in Colorado Springs School District 11 has trained staff to support gifted and high achieving learners. Instructional and programming methods and opportunities vary from school to school and are individualized according to student needs and school resources. Choosing the best school for your child means matching your child’s needs and your expectations to the choices available. District 11 suggests that parents explore the educational options and schedule appointments to visit schools of interest. Please visit the District 11 homepage to see our list of schools and links to each individual school website. http://www.D11.org


    Awards, Instruction, & Activity Highlights Offered Throughout the District

    Items on this list are not available in all schools or at all grade levels. This list is not comprehensive and opportunities are added, postponed, and/or eliminated as needed.


    Specific Program Options

    • Gifted Magnet Program, Cluster Grouping, and Ability Grouping (public & charter)
    • Bemis Talented in Art (3-5)
    • International Baccalaureate and IB Honors (K-12)
    • Montessori Program
    • Next Generation Learning Schools
    • Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID)
    • Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE)
    • Area Vocational Program (AVP)
    • Project Lead the Way Engineering and Computer Science Program, Bio-Medicine
    • Navy and Air Force JROTC
    • Teacher Cadet Program
    • ProStart Program
    • CU Succeed and CU Gold
    • Early College with the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree or up to 60 credit hours of “guaranteed transfer” college credit
    • Online
    • Career & Technical Education and Pathways
    • Night School
    • Home Education Support
    • and more…..

    Instruction Opportunities

    • Genius Hour, Project Based Learning, Personalized Learning, and Technology Integration
    • Partnerships with Colorado College, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and Denver, Adams State University, and Pikes Peak Community College
    • Partnerships with community businesses, non-profits, and volunteers
    • Concurrent Enrollment and Post-Secondary options
    • Honors, Advance Placement, Accelerated, and Double Accelerated Course Offerings
    • STEM labs and STEAM schools (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics)
    • 1:1 iPads, Computer Labs, Laptop Carts
    • Arts-infused Learning
    • Computer Science, Business Marketing, and Video Production (KUGR-TV)
    • Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
    • Restorative Justice
    • Leader in Me
    • Intervention pull-out and push-in, Curriculum Compacting, Independent and/or Alternate Assignments, Subject and/or Grade Acceleration
    • Special Education and ELL support
    • and more….

    Additional Opportunities Before, After, and/or During School

    • Band, Choir, Music, Theater, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Fine Arts
    • Foreign Languages & Sign Language
    • Guitar Club
    • Yamaha Piano Lab
    • Suzuki Violin instruction (K-3)
    • Student Council
    • National Honor Society (Elementary, Middle, and High school)
    • Literacy Arts Academy, Slam Poetry, Battle of the Books
    • Chess Club
    • Robotics
    • Coding, Gateway to Technology, Game Design & Web Programming, Broadcasting Studio
    • Future Problem Solvers
    • Math Counts
    • Geography Bee, Science Fair, History Day, Science Olympiad, Mock Trial, Speech & Debate
    • Green and Garden Clubs, Greenhouse and Raised Garden Beds
    • Grand-friends
    • Lego Young Engineers Club & Lego League
    • Rubik’s Cube Club
    • STARBASE Academy for 5th graders
    • Girls in Engineering
    • Mathematics, Engineering, & Science Achievement (MESA)
    • Flight Simulation Lab and Mars Yard Robotics Lab
    • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
    • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
    • Competitive and non-competitive athletics, Sports Challenge
    • Culinary Arts
    • Yearbook
    • and more…..