Denver Mensa

Home of the Denver chapter of American Mensa, a High IQ society.

Gifted Youth Resources

Gifted Youth Coordinators for the Denver Metro Area:

Joi-Lin Russell

Lauralee Arnold

Brian Caid


Hoagies Gifted Resources is an excellent resource, well organized, up to the minute information, with pages about testing, parenting, education and there is also a related page just for children. Check this out!

The Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children. This site is for parents and educators of children with 145+ IQ. Support is provided with a quarterly newsletter and an annual conference for families with children in this range. Excellent information about homeschooling highly gifted children.

GT-World This website is a rich resource for gifted children and adults. One special feature is an easy sign-up form for subscribing to their various email listservs (gifted families, gifted adults, gifted with special needs, etc.)

Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children JAGC is a non-profit advocacy group committed to providing leadership and support to the parents and educators of gifted young people in Jefferson County, Colorado.

PEAK GT Center High School Program PEAK is an alternative program for Jeffco gifted high school students with unique needs. PEAK offers an individualized program of study designed to enhance critical and creative thinking skills as well as encourage exploration in a student's areas of interest. In addition, students will experience career mentoring and affective education addressing their unique social and emotional needs. This ground-breaking program is intended to provide differentiated educational opportunities which do not replicate the programming currently available at any other Jeffco high school. For more information call the PEAK GT Program Information Line at 303-982-8650 or email the Program Coordinator at

Colorado State Chess Association, for information on scholastic chess tournaments and instruction.

Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented

State of Colorado: Gifted Education has links to Gifted Tournaments, Leagues, and Competitions.


Cherry Creek School District: Challenge School, a Magnet school for K-8, gifted/talented only.

Denver Public Schools: Denver Center for International Studies, 6th-12th.

Denver Public Schools: Polaris at Ebert, for the Highly Gifted, Magnet, K-5.

Denver Public Schools: Denver School of the Arts, Magnet, 6th-12th, rigorous academic program and intensive studies in Creative Writing, Dance, Theatre, Instrumental Music, Stagecraft and Design, Video Cinema Arts, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music.

Adams 12 School District: Stargate School, K-8, gifted and talented only, I.Q. test required, Thornton.

International Baccalaureate: IB Schools in Colorado.

Quest Academy in Dacono, CO: K-8 public, magnet school for gifted and talented only. Weld County school district.

Quest Academy in Aurora, CO: K-8 public, magnet school for gifted and talented. Aurora Public Schools.

AP versus IB (Advanced Placement courses vs. International Baccalaureate courses)

IB (International Baccalaureate) website

AP (Advanced Placement courses) website


Colorado House Bill 08-1021, Governor Bill Ritter signed the bill which allows highly advanced gifted four year olds early access to kindergarten and children who are five years of age early access to first grade if deemed appropriate by an administrative unit. Districts are then eligible to receive state funding for these enrolled students.

Colorado House Bill 07-1244, Requires all 57 administrative units in Colorado to adopt and implement a program plan to identify and serve gifted children. Each administrative unit shall ensure that its constituent schools and school districts make available appropriate special provisions for gifted children to the extent that funds are provided. The Exceptional Children's Educational Act in Colorado (Title 22, Article 20, C.R.S.) addresses the education of exceptional children, including both students with disabilities and gifted and talented students. The statute defines gifted children as those who "require special provisions to meet their educational needs." The current law allows administrative units to program on a voluntary and discretionary basis. HB 07-1244 amends the longtime discretionary Exceptional Children's Education Act by requiring administrative units (districts, Boards of Cooperative Services, and the Charter School Institute) to adopt and implement plans for the education of gifted children.

The Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act (Javits) , The only federal program that specifically addresses the needs of gifted and talented children. The Act was passed in 1988 to support the development of talent in U.S. schools. The Javits Act does not fund local gifted education programs. The purpose of the Javits Act, which was reauthorized as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2001, is to orchestrate a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities that build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students.


AP Scholar Awards: Information on AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, AP Scholar with Distinction, State AP Scholar, National AP Scholar.

National Merit Scholar/ Semi-Finalist/ Finalists

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, from the Institute for Educational Advancement: The mission of IEA's Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB) is to identify exceptionally gifted middle school students who exhibit advanced intellectual talent and have the ability to demonstrate academic and personal excellence. These exceptional students are granted a scholarship to a high school where they can actualize their intellectual and personal potential.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Young Scholars Program was founded on the idea that if you give high-achieving students with financial need the guidance and resources necessary for them to excel during high school, college, and beyond, their greatness will emerge.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship: Awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people under the age of 18 who have completed a significant piece of work.

State of Colorado: Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.

State of Colorado: Exceptional Student Leadership Unit.


Intel Science Talent Search/Competition

International Mathematical Olympiad: The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents.

Odyssey of the Mind: An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.