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!


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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This is an outdoor science camp for 6-13 year olds which includes art activities. There are also Junior Counselor positions for students that are 14-18 years old. They will work alongside science teachers and is a great leadership opportunity!

For more information check out this website or contact

Gold Crown Summer STEAM Camps

Explore, create, design at our Summer STEAM Camps (STEM + the Arts)! These camps are a great opportunity for teens to use their creativity and discover new interests through free exploration. No prior experience or knowledge is required. We supply the tools, they supply the imagination. Pick and choose which camp works best or sign up for multiple camps in the series.

Maker Camps: June 11th – 15th | June 25th – 29th

Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Gold Crown Field House Experience “The Maker Movement:” a do-it-yourself approach to electronics, robotics, arts, invention and more! Now is your chance to bring your ideas to life.

Video Game Console Creator Camp: July 23rd – 27th

Clubhouse at Edgewater

This is your chance to discover the secrets of game development and launch your own game company. Campers will take a step-by-step approach and even make their own custom game controller to take home.
$125 per camper, spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register Here

For more information contact: Meghan S. Overton Marketing Director Gold Crown Foundation 303.773.1442 ext 226

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


SPARKS GT Summer Camp dates CHANGED to June 18 - 29, 2018!

Save the date: June 18 - 29, 2018 for SPARKS summer camp!

Due to district-wide facility availability issues beyond our control, we are changing the normal time frame of our SPARKS GT Summer Camp for 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are committed to offering the same level of high-quality enrichment experiences for gifted learners in Jeffco!

Location: Golden High School

Registration: Opens on February 1, 2018 at 6:00 am and closes March 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Registration sign-up can be accessed here beginning February 1, 2018.

Please direct SPARKS questions to

We look forward to seeing your student at SPARKS 2018!

Please click here to visit our SPARKS page

The students in the GT 4-5 Lab Enjoyed participating in a STEM project: Help Harry! 

Affective Goals

This year each student is creating an Affective Goal to go along with their Academic, or SMART goals. 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 has created an Affective Goal this year, ask your child about theirs!

Mrs. Puckett 

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 2017-18. Every child in grades 2-5 are scheduled to meet with me once a month. 
  • September Perfectionism and Impostor Syndrome
  • October Growth Mindset
  • November Procrastination and Motivation
  • December Gifted Girls
  • January Communication
  • February Facing Failure
  • March Conflict
  • April Powerful Emotions
  • May Change

Meet Mrs. Puckett

I am a Colorado native and have lived in Arvada for the past 18 years. My husband and I have two wonderful sons, Mason and Jack. Mason is a drummer and Jack is a junior at Ralston Valley High School. I have a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Education.

I am extremely passionate and dedicated to serving the GT students here at Excel. It was through the experiences with my sons’ education that I found an underserved population of GT students who desperately needed and wanted to spread their wings and take their learning to a higher level. I am so fortunate to be the facilitator of that growth here at Excel. Although I primarily work with GT students I have met so many wonderful students here with a variety of abilities, but all with something important to share with the world.

Video Game Console Creator Camp: July 23rd – 27th
Clubhouse at Edgewater
This is your chance to discover the secrets of game development and launch your own game company. Campers will take a step-by-step approach and even make their own custom game controller to take home.