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American Academy

Gifted and Talented Program

The Gifted and Talented mission at American Academy is to promote intellectual, social and emotional growth in the gifted and twice exceptional student population through encouraging student-lead advocacy, providing active support and purposeful education programming and opportunities.

Gifted Program Vision

To develop an exemplary gifted education program that is comprehensive, fluid and adaptable where life-long learning and intellectual pursuits are encouraged, supported and valued.

National Definition of Giftedness

“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).” -National Association for Gifted Children

Gifted Program Goals

  1. To build a cohesive peer support group for learning and socialization.

  2. To equip and support faculty in their efforts to appropriately differentiate curriculum and instruction for gifted and twice exceptional students.

  3. To build a support system for the unique emotional needs of gifted and twice exceptional students.

  4. To challenge students in their area of talent on a regular basis.

  5. To create partnerships with the wider public that enhance both community life and student-centered objectives.

  6. To educate the school community about the gifted in order to remove barriers and to promote understanding.

Gifted and Talented Resources


Cognitive Abilities Test Testing (updated 8/22/2018)

CogAT Testing is scheduled for the week of September 10. All students in grades three and six will take the CogAT as part of our universal screening process. Scores and reports will be used to inform instructional practices in the classroom. The scores are also used as ONE component of the body of evidence to determine areas of strength and possible gifted and talented identification.

Students in grades one, two, four, or five may be referred to take the Cognitive Abilities Test to determine areas of strength and possible gifted identification. Referral CogAT testing is not for all students, please connect with our Gifted and Talented Coordinator if you have questions about the referral testing. Parents who would like to refer their student for testing as part of the gifted identification process must request referral testing by September 4. The CogAT window is only open in September and is a required score for the gifted identification process.

All students participating in the referral testing process must have a Consent to Test form signed and turned into the Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Students in grades three and six do not need the Consent to Test form. Forms are available from our Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Karen Billings, by email at or by phone at 720-292-5609.


Gifted and Talented Resources