Discovery Program

Applications for placement into the Discovery Program for the 2020-2021 school year are currently being accepted. The Discovery Program is DCSD's most intensive programming for gifted learners, offering a center based, self-contained learning environment designed to provide instruction to meet the needs of the highly gifted. The Discovery Program is located at three elementary school sites in Douglas County. The program is intended for those students who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming. Discovery Program Information Nights:

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  Highlands Ranch Area: 

Northridge Elementary School 

555 Southpark Rd. Highlands Ranch, CO 

Tuesday, November 12th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Parker Area:

Pine Lane Elementary School:North Campus 

6485 E. Ponderosa Dr.

Parker , CO 


Tuesday, November 19th, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm  Castle Rock Area:
Renaissance ELOB School
3960 Trailboss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 

If you are interested in applying for the Discovery program, please read and complete all portions of the application found on the links below:
Application Overview

In District- Elementary Discovery Program Application 2020-2021


The Elementary Discovery Program is located at the following sites:  

Northridge Elementary
555 Southpark Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
303-387-6525

Pine Lane Elementary South (K-3) & North (4-6) 
6475 E. Ponderosa Dr. 
Parker, CO 80138 

Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School
3960 Trail Boss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-387-8000

Identification Process
Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program, a body of evidence is needed to determine the best match between student and programming. Information considered must include documented cognitive ability, additional standardized testing, progress reports, student, parent, and teacher input. 

Three major criteria for placement are:

  • Advanced intellectual/cognitive ability
  • Classroom performance above grade level in at least one content area
  • No below grade level performance in any content area. Multiple criteria will be considered in the identification process that gives evidence of the best match between student academic need and the rigorous environment of the program. 

While every effort is made to assign students to the site in their feeder area and closest to their neighborhood school, assignments may be offered based on space availability.

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