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Early Access

The Early Access process for the 2020-21 School Year is now closed.  Check back here in January for information on the process for the 2021-22 School Year.

To meet the needs of highly advanced children who have not yet entered kindergarten or first grade, Jeffco Public Schools may grant early entrance to school, for highly advanced gifted children, with a body of evidence at or above the 97th percentile, who do not meet the age requirements outlined in Board Policy JEB.  This process is not for typical children who miss the October 1 Kindergarten/First Grade entrance date.

For the requirements of Early Access to Kindergarten/First Grade, see JEFFCO BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY - IHBB

Early Access age requirements:

  • The student must reach the age of four by October 1 for kindergarten.

  • The student must reach the age of five by October 1 for grade one.

Who will benefit from Early Access? Colorado regulations [CRS 22-20-204(2)] define that a 4-year old or 5-year old child who is “highly advanced gifted child” may be eligible for early access for kindergarten or first grade, respectively.  The child is academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature and in the top 3 percent or less of the gifted population.



  • Apply - The 2021 application will open January 4, 2021.

  • Click here for the Early Access Application Timeline

  • Receive Early Access / Developmental History Form Packet from GT Office – Generated from application

  • The Early Access Packet /Portfolio is due on March 24, 2021 to The Director of Gifted and Talented at the Jefferson County Education Center for priority scheduling for Cognitive Testing

  • The Early Access Team will contact parents with completed and qualifying portfolios to schedule Cognitive Testing

  • Submit the Early Access Cognitive Testing fee of $250 (waived for families who have qualified for the free/reduced lunch program) to the GT office or upon check-in for cognitive testing

  • Cognitive Testing will be scheduled in early April

  • Students whose Cognitive Testing results are in the 97th percentile or above will be scheduled for Achievement Testing

  • Notification of acceptance and non-acceptance will be sent to parents by early May


  • The Application Deadline follows Jeffco Board Policy as well as State Requirements


Gifted and Talented or 303-982-6650


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