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Gifted Program

Belief Statement

We believe that gifts and exceptional talents…
  • Can be found in the areas of academics, creativity, performing and visual arts, and leadership.
  • Are found in students with special needs
  • Can be found in students of all cultures, ethnicities, genders, and socio-economic status.
  • Should be identified and developed.
  • Must be nurtured in both social development and emotional well being.
Durango 9-R's definition of a gifted student is aligned with the definition provided by the Colorado Department of Education:
 "Gifted students" are persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.  Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.  Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities(i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations.  Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:
  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psycho-motor abilities

It is the Mission of Durango School District 9-R’s Gifted Education program to promote the potential of gifted students through challenging and meaningful learning experiences so that the students become responsible problem solvers and offer meaningful contributions to the 21st century.


It is our vision to provide the following learning opportunities for our gifted and talented learners:
  • To provide an environment that cultivates and encourages intellectual and creative abilities.
  • To provide students with instruction in the regular curriculum and acceleration according to the students interests and learning style.
  • To develop a realistic self-concept which allows the student to realize and acknowledge their own and others skills and talents.
  • To provide a classroom environment in which students can freely and willingly communicate with their intellectual peers and teachers.
  • To provide the opportunity, structure, and expectation which will increasingly encourage constructive independence and self-sufficiency.
CDE and Thompson School District have graciously provided content for the Durango 9-R Gifted & Talented webpages.