Welcome to the
ACCESS Office 490 N. Diamond, Cañon City, CO 81212
Office number 719.276.6168
*Early Access letter of interest due by February 1st. Visit our page for more information.
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.
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.
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:
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!"