Gifted & Talented

Greetings! You have arrived at Excel Academy’s GT (Gifted and Talented) page. Here you will find all sorts of resources. Please look around and see what’s happening in Excel's GT community!

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And, we're expanding to a 7th AND 8th grade option starting 2019-2020!  

GT at JVA In collaboration with the GT Department, Jeffco Virtual Academy now offers full-year core courses for 7th and 8th grade that are developed and taught by certified GT teachers. These GT courses enrich the standard curriculum, move at a faster pace, ask students to think deeply and creatively, and address social emotional needs.  

See the GT Online JVA Classes Website for more information about eligibility, course descriptions, teacher bios, FAQs, how to apply and more! Go To:


Oh my, it's MAY! This month is sure to be full of good times and great memories. As your student prepares to move on to a new grade next year, please ask them to reflect on their GT goals for this year, and what they might want to consider as a challenge in the fall. I have enjoyed every moment with your children and although the year is coming to an end, please know that there are lot's of great things in the works for GT in the fall and I can't wait to share that with you all when we reconnect. Until then, enjoy the sun and fun!
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SPARKS is a summer enrichment program sponsored by the Jeffco Schools Gifted & Talented Department designed to SPARK the imagination and creativity of learners. 

SPARKS welcomes all Jeffco students.

Through a stimulating and supportive learning environment, students are nurtured as they experience unique intellectual challenges, leadership development, artistic opportunities, creative expression, as well as critical and creative problem solving. 

  • Wheat Ridge High School, 9505 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
  • June 17 - 28, 2019
  • 8:30 am - 3:30 pm    (Before and After care is not available)
  • Lunch is NOT provided, and there is no food available for purchase. If your child is staying more than half the day, you must provide a cold lunch - microwaves are not available.  
  • Lunch is from 11:30 - 12:30 and is supervised.

Registration - Opens on February 1, 2019 at 6:00 am and closes on March 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

For more information, please copy and paste this link in your browser:


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Jeffco’s Online GT Academy will provide a range of options for gifted students to be able to equitably access enriched/accelerated content with a cohort of like-minded learners. These courses will be taught by GT-endorsed and trained teachers and are only available for identified GT students who are seeking accelerated courses but may not be able to access them due to scheduling issues, transportation concerns, or other barriers.

We will offer classes in the following subjects in 2018-19:


  • Seventh-grade GT ELA
  • Seventh/eighth-grade GT Math (Pre-Algebra)
  • Seventh-grade GT Social Studies Seventh-grade ‘GT’ Science

Courses will be open to all qualified and approved Jeffco students currently on an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). Students will need to have an eligibility form completed and approved by their home school’s counselor or administrator. No students will be enrolled without the knowledge and approval of their home school.

Contact: Roger Dowd (questions on content) or Bernard Hohman (logistics/registration)

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Looking for Resources? Here are some helpful links for parents and students. Enjoy!

Jeffco's Page for GT students and families:

National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted:

Byrdseed (a site created by Ian Byrd):

Hoagies' Gifted:

Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset:

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Affective Goals

Every year, all students write an Affective Goal to go along with their Academic, or SMART goal. Affective goals refer to personal growth that students would like to implement in their lives. The options for Affective Goals are limitless. For some students this may be that they want to work on coming to class with a positive attitude every day, completing and handing in assignments on time, adopting a growth mindset, learning to better appreciate others, or to develop positive relationships with others and many many more. Affective goals help us meet the developmental needs of the whole child.

It’s important to address gifted students’ needs so that they can be successful as individuals in the world and here in school. Every GT student will create an Affective Goal this year, ask your child about theirs!

Mrs. Puckett 

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Every month I host afternoon groups that explore some of the most common affective needs of gifted students. In small groups we discuss the harder side of being a GT student and come up with positive and healthy ways in dealing with some of these difficulties. Below is the schedule for 2018-19. Every child in grades 2-5 are scheduled to meet with me once a month. 

  • September- Perfectionism and Impostor Syndrome
  • October- Conflict Resolution
  • November- Procrastination and Motivation
  • December- Gifted Girls
  • January- Communication
  • February- Facing Failure
  • March- Conflict
  • April- Growth Mindset
  • May- Change

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