Gifted and Talented(GT)

    Gifted and Talented (GT)

    BVSD schools provide programming for Gifted and Talented (GT) students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification policy, which is based on a body of evidence.

    The Gifted and Talented program at Eisenhower Elementary School includes academic and enrichment programs, support for the social and emotional needs of gifted students, and follows BVSD GT policies and procedures.

    Eisenhower Elementary School

    Talented and Gifted Programming and Activities

    At Eisenhower Elementary School, the GT Educational Advisor is the primary advocate for students, communications, and programming in the school. The GT Advisor at Eisenhower is Brooke Rakow, who may be reached at or 720.561.6769.

    The academic programming for talented and gifted students at Eisenhower includes:

    Advanced programming for GT students in all grades includes differentiated activities and clustering of advanced students in the regular classroom, and pull-out programs where students meet with the GT advisor during the Intervention (I-block) time.

    • The GT Advisor works closely with the Kindergarten, first and second grade teachers to help them make modifications to lessons to better fit the needs of their GT students.

    • In addition to higher level math and reading groups in the classroom, third, fourth and fifth grade GT students meet daily with the GT Advisor. Math activities focus on problem solving, extensions, and application of math concepts learned in the classroom. Critical thinking and verbal skills are developed with a focus on depth and complexity.

    • Advanced math is offered in 4th and 5th grade at Eisenhower.

    The social emotional programming and support for talented and gifted students and their families include:

    • The GT Advisor and school Social Worker work together to addresses affective and social/emotional topics relevant to GT students. Topics include perfectionism, stress, goal setting, and friendships.

    • Information about local programs and classes about the characteristics of gifted students and specific parenting strategies is shared with families of GT students. Also available are books and periodicals about parenting gifted students.

    Students may also be involved in the following enrichment activities and clubs:

    Many GT enrichment opportunities at Eisenhower are open to all students.

    • Math Club and district competition -  5th grade students learn new problem solving strategies and solve challenging math problems.

    • Geography Bee is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

    • Spelling Bee is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

    • The Eisenhower Innovation Fair, Choir, and Talent Show offer additional opportunities for GT students to showcase their interests and abilities in leadership, science and the arts.


      Gifted and Talented Information

    • The BVSD Gifted & Talented (GT) Office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school-based programming.  A wealth of information is available on the BVSD GT Webpage.  

    • The Gifted & Talented Advisor (GTA) is the primary advocate for students, communications, and programming in the school.

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​BVSD schools provide programming for GT students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification policy which is based on a body of evidence.   Students may be identified as Gifted & Talented in one or more of the following areas:

      • ​General or specific intellectual ability​

      • Specific academic aptitude

      • Creative or productive thinking​

      • ​Leadership abilities

      • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities

    • Schools follow the BVSD Acceleration policy when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students.  Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through  theBVSD Early Access policy.  

    • The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students. Programming is documented in the student's Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) or, at the secondary level, ​(ICAP​). Programming may include academic, enrichment,  and affective (social emotional) supports and extensions.  

    • BVSD sponsors four district-wide enrichment activities.  These are open to students whether they are identified as GT or not.   

    • More information is available at the links below.​​



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