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ACCESS Office 490 N. Diamond, Cañon City, CO  81212    

Office number 719.276.6168


TWO Great Opportunity for Parents!



Presentation by Dr. Jim Delisle's ~ Doing Poorly on Purpose

Parent Night ~Thursday, November 14th

Check in is 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

90 minute presentation including question/answer session

Childcare is NOT provided 

Location:  Pueblo Centennial High School Auditorium 2525 Mountview Dr, Pueblo, CO 81008

Registration Link:Parent Night - Doing Poorly on Purpose




BOOK STUDY which focuses on strategies for parenting gifted children 

Source text is A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by Dr. James Webb

Four dates: 2 in January (1.14.20 and 1.28.20) and 2 in February (2.12.20 and 2.26.20)

from 6:00pm  to 7:15pm.  The book costs $27

Only 15 spaces available



Reach out to Shyla for additional information 719.276.6168

If you would like to become part of our Parent Advisory for Gifted Education (PAGE) group, then check out our Parent Advisory for Gifted Education Page for more information! We would love to have you join us. 


Gifted and Talented Education Philosophy Statement

"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of four 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.

Mission Statement

Identify and nurture the development of exceptional academic and specific talent abilities so that all gifted students demonstrate growth in social-emotional awareness, critical-thinking, creativity, communication, and leadership skills.


Gifted Children's Bill of Rights

      You have a right to...

  • know about your giftedness.
  • learn something new everyday.
  • be passionate about your talent area without apologies.
  • have an identity beyond your talent area.
  • feel good about your accomplishments.
  • make mistakes.
  • seek guidance in the development of your talent.
  • have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends.
  • choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue.
  • not to be gifted at everything.


The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines "gifted" children as:

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 or psychomotor abilities


At the elementary level, GATE students benefit from GATE pull out classes which center around critical thinking, creative problem solving, leadership, and social-emotional development. We hope you enjoy perusing the site and return frequently for updates.  The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program for Cañon City Schools provides programs and programming for academic and arts identified GATE students.

Gifted services at the middle school occur during the regular school day through advanced classes and content extensions. Pull out is also used at the middle school level and is differentiated throughout our three middle schools. Additional activities available to middle school GATE students are Math Counts, Knowledge Bowl, Geography Bee, and Spelling Bee.

Programs at the high school include: Honors classes, Advanced Placement classes, advanced level subject classes, concurrent enrollment, and/or ability grouping (see CCHS course list for more detail).

Other extended activities for GATE students include school and district science fairs, experiential field trips, and SPLASh! (Summer Program Learning for Advanced Students) summer school held in June each year!

**Please check out our monthly GATE Grapevine for gifted websites, legislation, and parenting tips! 

**See our GATE Calendar for monthly events!

GATE students say:

"GATE takes you out of the regular classroom and encourages you to be who you really are."

"GATE stretches your thinking. GATE is fun!"

"GATE makes you think about your thinking while you’re upsidedown chewing bubble gum! WHEW!"

Link to CDE Gifted Education Site

Click here for a free SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Book