Only the children of District 20 residents will be considered for "Early Access".
Academy District 20 honors Early Access portability from other Colorado districts who follow the state process guidelines.
Early Access is an optional educational program to include "highly gifted" underage learners in educational programs for kindergarten and first grade. The students selected must be academically, emotionally, and behaviorally ready to fully participate in all aspects of public school at the entry grade level. The determination as to whether a student qualifies for the Academy School District 20 Early Access Program is solely within the discretion of Academy District 20 staff.
"Highly Advanced Gifted Child" means a gifted child whose body of evidence demonstrates a profile of exceptional ability or potential compared to same-age gifted children. To meet the needs of highly advanced development, early access to educational services may be considered as a special provision. For purposes of early access into kindergarten or first grade, the highly advanced gifted child exhibits exceptional ability and potential for accomplishment in cognitive process, academic areas, and behavior.
"A student shall be age 4 by October 1st for kindergarten and age 5 by October 1st for first grade (Rule 12.08 (2) (e) (i) (D)".
Purpose for Early Access
Early Access legislation was established by the state of Colorado in 2008 to allow school districts the opportunity to include "highly gifted" underage learners into kindergarten and first grade programs to better meet the advanced educational needs of these children.
A child admitted under the Early Access provision must show high:
- Achievement at or above the 97th percentile
- Cognitive performance at or above the 97th percentile
- Readiness for advanced placement
- Observable advanced social behavior
- Motivation to learn
- Support from parents