Gifted Early Access

  • The Colorado Exceptional Children’s Act and District 49 School Board Policy IHBB, allows highly gifted students, who do not meet the age requirement for enrollment into kindergarten or first grade, to apply for Early Access into school. To request information about an Early Access application, call our Gifted and Talented team at 719.495.1149, ext. 3284, or send an email to


    What should I know about Gifted Early Access?

    Early Access is defined as a highly gifted four-year-old child entering kindergarten, or a five-year-old entering first grade. A highly gifted child is defined as 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.

    Early entrance into school is regarded as a form of acceleration. The decision to accelerate a child can have a profound effect on the child’s academic and social performance for the remainder of his or her school career. Therefore, District 49 adheres to a thorough set of research-based procedures to determine if a child is eligible for Early Access.
    • House Bill 1021 stipulates that districts may count in their enrollment and receive State Educational Funds for highly advanced gifted students who meet the criteria established by Colorado.
    • The district must abide by the rules promulgated by the State Board of Education.
    • The district may charge a reasonable fee for the Early Access process.
    • District responsibilities:
      • Provide early access information to parents
      • Educate teaching staff and community about Early Access

Gifted Early Access Documents