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Welcome to the

GATE page! 





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

Office number 719.276.6168 

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

Recognize and nurture the development of exceptional abilities so that all gifted students demonstrate positive self-esteem, high level thinking, and creative productivity. 


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