Gifted and Talented Program

Welcome to the DPS Gifted and Talented Department.

Our Mission

The Gifted and Talented Department in Denver Public Schools provides services to gifted/high potential students and their families by overseeing the Gifted and Highly Gifted identification process, approving schools’ gifted plans and programs in order to support best practice and ensure compliance, assessment, curriculum development, professional development, advocacy, and incorporating state/national standards. Additionally, the department assesses and qualifies students for the Advanced Kindergarten program.  Students who qualify for Advanced Kindergarten are not identified as gifted/talented.  Students can be assessed for gifted identification starting in 1st grade.

Our Vision

The Gifted and Talented Department at Denver Public Schools strives to ensure that identified gifted and high ability students are rigorously challenged to become lifelong learners and are supported in reaching their full emotional, intellectual, and creative potential. Our goal is to equip students to become successful, critical, compassionate, collaborative individuals who are ready to be leaders and citizens of the 21st century.

What is Giftedness?

In the Denver Public Schools, “gifted and talented children” means those students whose demonstrated abilities, talents and/or potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. These students perform, or show the potential of performing, at remarkably high levels in intellectual, specific academic or creative areas when compared with others of their age and experience. Gifted and talented children are present in all student groups, regardless of gender, disability, English language proficiency, economic status, ethnic or cultural background.

Visit the Gifted and Talented Class Website.

Our Staff

Heather Wise
Room 107
Schedule M, T, W, Th until 2:30

What year did you begin teaching?

Where did you go to college?
BA – CU Boulder and MEd – Regis University.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love how collaborative the staff is – everyone does work together to do what is best for kids.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
At the zoo or park with my son.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
Travel writer!