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TAG High School Programming Philosophy

 High School Talented and Gifted Programming

High School Talented and Gifted Programming

We believe:

  • that the gifted and talented student has unique needs and strengths and, therefore, requires an education which supports his or her needs
  • that opportunities must be provided for a student to realize his or her full potential
  • that for optimum intellectual development, strategies, materials, and curricula must be designed to encourage a passion for learning and the development of talents
  • that opportunities must be provided for learners to develop self-awareness, a positive self-concept, and productive interpersonal relationships
  • that programs must provide for optimum intellectual development and prepare learners for future society


  • To provide the home, the school and the community with an understanding of the needs of the gifted and talented
  • To provide additional opportunities for gifted peers to interact together outside the regular classroom context
  • To provide opportunities for staff development for teachers in gifted and talented education
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop self-direction, responsibility for self, positive self-concept, and the ability to identify and to express feelings
  • To provide opportunities for students to recognize and to develop the processes of higher-level thinking skills through the use of appropriate models which include problem-solving techniques and critical and creative thinking strategies
  • To provide a means of continually expanding, evaluating, and adapting our philosophy in keeping with the changing society
Opportunities to enroll in more rigorous and accelerated course work are offered to identified talented and gifted high school students. These courses include Advanced Placement Courses, Honors Classes, and Dual Enrollment and Secondary Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act (CEPA) course offerings. Elective and extracurricular activities provide additional avenues for students with special abilities and talents.
The TAG facilitator at each high school assists students in determining programming that will best meet their individual needs. College counselors also assist high school students as they prepare for college. Student self-advocacy is encouraged and becomes more and more important as goals for the future are decided.
Rampart High School and Discovery Canyon Campus offer an International Baccalaureate Program which meets the needs of many identified academically gifted students.

Opportunities include but are not limited to:                 

  • AMC Math Competitions
  • Art Exhibits and Competitions
  • Athletics
  • Band and Choir Performances and Competitions
  • Chess
  • Computer Club
  • Destination Imagination®
  • District 20 Poetry Contest
  • Drama Productions
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Forensics
  • Independent Studies
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Mentorships and Independent Studies
  • MET Opera
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Opera Theatre of the Rockies
  • Physics Bowl
  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Student Council
  • World Affairs Council
  • World Languages
  • Writing Contest
  • Yearbook



 Please refer to the individual school's TAG page

Please click here to access the TAG Brochure.


Please click here to access an expanded list of TAG resources for secondary students.