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TAG Middle School Programming Philosophy

 Middle School Talented and Gifted Programming

Middle School Talented and Gifted Programming

We believe:

  • that the gifted and talented student has unique needs and strengths and, therefore, requires an education appropriate to his or her needs
  • that opportunities must be provided for multi-talent development for a student to realize his or her full potential
  • the opportunities must be provided for learners to develop self-awareness, a positive self-concept, and productive interpersonal relationships
  • that the development of strategies, materials, and curricula must be designed to help the student become increasingly self-directed
  • 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 peers of giftedness to interact together outside the regular classroom context
  • 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
The major responsibility for meeting the needs of talented and gifted students at the middle school level is shared by the student's academic team teachers, the student, and the parent(s). School exploratory and enrichment classes also offer students opportunities for further talent development.
Identified students become a part of a middle school talent group and are offered opportunities geared to their specific strength area(s). Students new to the district are considered for TAG services upon entry into the District.
Students with highly exceptional needs will learn self-advocacy skills through the use of an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). A building facilitator for talented and gifted programming works with identified students and their parents and teachers to carry out the process of developing an ALP, rich with specific academic and affective learning goals.
Mountain Ridge Middle School and Discovery Canyon Campus offer a Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program which meets the needs of many identified academically gifted students.

Exploratory and enrichment opportunities may include but are not limited to:

  • AMC Math Competitions
  • Art Exhibits and Competitions
  • Band and Choir Performances and Competitions
  • Brain Bowl
  • Chess
  • Destination Imagination®
  • District 20 Poetry Contest
  • Drama Productions
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Forensics
  • Full Grade Acceleration
  • Future Problem Solving
  • Independent Studies
  • Intramural and Interscholastic Sports
  • Math Counts
  • Mentorships
  • MET Opera
  • National Geographic Geography Bee
  • National Language Arts Olympiad
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Opera Theatre of the Rockies
  • Robotics
  • Rocky Mountain Talent Search
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spelling Bee
  • Student Council
  • Subject Acceleration
  • Summer School Programming (allows students to move ahead)
  • Summer Science Program
  • WordMasters
  • World Languages
  • Writer’s Club
  • Writing Contest
  • Yearbook

 Please refer to the individual school's TAG page

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