Discovery Program

The application window for placement into the 2022-2023 Discovery Program is now open

Discovery Program Application Process

The application process for the Discovery Program is now open.  Applications are due November 19th, 2021. The Discovery Program is designed for highly advanced gifted learners in grades 2 - 6 whose needs will be best met in a center based program.


Discovery Program Flyer

Discovery Program Application and Process


Want to know more about DCSD's Discovery Program? Join parents of Discovery students and staff from our district's Advanced Academics and Gifted Education team to learn more about this programming available through Discovery.


Join DCAGT (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented) on their Facebook page on Tuesday October 25th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm



Proceso de Solicitud del Programa Discovery

Proceso de Solicitud del Programa Discovery

El proceso de solicitud del programa Discovery está abierto. Las solicitudes se vencen el 19 de noviembre de 2021. El programa Discovery está diseñado para estudiantes superdotados altamente avanzados en los grados 2 a 6 cuyas necesidades se cubrirán mejor en un programa basado en el centro.


Folleto del Programa

Discovery Solicitud y Proceso del Programa Discovery

¿Quiere saber más sobre el Programa Discovery del DCSD? Únase a los padres de los estudiantes de Discovery y al personal del equipo de Educación para Dotados y Académicos Avanzados de nuestro distrito para aprender más sobre esta programación disponible a través de Discovery.


Unase a DCAGT (Asociación del Condado de Douglas para Dotados y

  Talentosos) en su Página de Facebook el 25 de octubre de 6:00 a 7:00 pm


Noches informativas del Programa Discovery

The Douglas County School District Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (2nd to 6th grade) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school programming.

If you are interested in learning more about the Discovery Program, please click on the following:

Discovery Program Informational Video



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.


The Elementary Discovery Program is located at the following magnet sites:  

Northridge Elementary 555 Southpark Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

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

Pine Lane Elementary North (4-6) 
6485 E. Ponderosa Dr.
Parker, CO 80138 

Renaissance ELOB Magnet Elementary 
3960 Trail Boss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80104