Gifted Education Early Access

The Mount Evans Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and its three member districts of Clear Creek, Gilpin County, and Platte Canyon provide early access to Kindergarten or first grade for highly advanced gifted children under age six. “Highly advanced gifted child” means a child who demonstrates a profile of exceptional ability or potential compared to same-age gifted children. Children for early access are exceptionally precocious and ready for school.


To meet the needs of highly advanced development, early access to educational services may be considered as a special provision. House Bill 08-1021 created the opportunity for Colorado administrative units (AUs) to accelerate highly advanced gifted children under age 4 for kindergarten and/or under age 5 for first grade pursuant to CRS 22-20-204(2) (Colorado Department of Education, p. 3).

The process for Early Access along with the policy and a descriptive brochure are posted on the Mount Evans BOCES’ website at  The Early Access process requires a full gifted evaluation. The evaluation process opens January 15, 2018.  If you would like more information on Early Access, please contact your district’s gifted coordinator, Heidi Lupinacci at or Rebecca Odegard-Siegele, Assistant Director of Gifted Education at  

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