Special Programs

Gifted and Talented Programs

Gifted and Talented (GT) programming is available for all Edison students who qualify based on assessment results. Students who have identifiable characteristics, extraordinary abilities and accomplishments and/or demonstrated academic needs are considered. Students who qualify for Gifted and Talented services are challenged academically through differentiation and enrichment in their classroom. Please view information about Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) and the District Identification Guidelines here.

The Highly Gifted (HGT) Program was developed in 1985 in Denver Public Schools for students in grades one through eight who may have extraordinary abilities, potential and/or academic needs. It is a full-day program in magnet sites. Edison is a designated school that is designed for students who need the support and challenge provided by trained teachers and by other students with advanced or unique abilities and academic needs. Any child may apply for the HGT Program. The nomination process occurs once a year for the following school year. How to apply: Students may apply centrally for consideration and testing for this program. Parents, teachers, or anyone who knows the student well may nominate him/her, and students may self-nominate. Nomination forms are available at your neighborhood school or online from the DPS HGT Department.

How does Edison serve its gifted and highly gifted students?

Special Programs

Mild/Moderate: All students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are provided additional academic, social/emotional, speech/language, and/or OT/PT support as defined in their IEP. Special education services are provided within the Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

Autism: A center placement for students who are diagnosed with autism is housed at Edison. The students who are placed in the autism classroom receive small group academic support in their classroom and are mainstreamed when appropriate to gain social and communication skills from their typical peers.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Edison Elementary has an ESL teacher who provides instructional support to students who are English Language Learners. The ESL teachers provide instructional support in small group settings to ensure that all students are academically successful.