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By enrolling in GT Centers via EnrollJeffco, all returning and newly qualified families are agreeing to our GT Center School Expectations!

What is a Gifted Center?

NOTE: The structure of primary grades (1st & 2nd grades) enrollment may vary at each GT Center depending on each school’s enrollment and staffing capacity at those grade levels.  Some schools may need to combine primary grade levels, cluster small groups of students or adopt some other configuration to accommodate GT Center students in these grades.  No matter the configuration, we will ensure that the academic and affective needs of GT students will be met.

The needs of advanced learners are mainly addressed at each neighborhood school. Jeffco offers an optional program, the Gifted Center, for highly academic students who are identified as Gifted.

In existence since 1984, Gifted Centers are housed in regular school settings and provide full-time educational experiences. Instruction involves acceleration, enrichment, and attention to affective needs. Instruction is based on various formal and informal data to assure that the needs of the students are met.  A trained GT Counselor provides social-emotional support to classrooms one day per week at each of our GT Center schools.

Jeffco currently offers 9 Elementary school, 6 middle school, and 2 high school Center programs. 

This flowchart show the likely progression students would follow from one GT Center to the next level for a K-12 GT Center experience.

See our GT Center School Expectations for our commitments to families.

This document outlines the difference between neighborhood schools and GT Centers.

See this list of GT Center FAQs to answer common questions about GT Centers.


See here for more information on GT Center Programming from our GT Information Night on Sept 13.  

Important Considerations

If GT Center qualified students are not enrolled in a GT Center prior to August 30, 2024, (whether an enrollment offer is declined or if students remain on a waitlist), families will need to resubmit GT Center applications for any subsequent years by the appropriate deadline.  Waitlist status and GT Center qualification do not carry forward from one year to the next.

Please note that if families withdraw their students from GT Center programs, they will need to reapply for GT Center admission.  We cannot hold spots open indefinitely for GT Center programs.


Transfers, Waitlist, Leave of Absence Protocols

Students voluntarily leaving a GT Center school and wanting to return to a GT Center school after an extended absence will need to fill out a GT Center Leave of Absence Form.  Please request the form from [email protected] .  A leave of absence may be granted in the following situations:

  • Travel
  • Family emergency
  • Medical
  • Parent temporary job transfer


  • If the student will be absent for an entire school year and a Leave of Absence is granted, the student will need to reapply, and possibly retest (if original GT qualifying test data is more than two years old), for placement back into a GT Center school for the following year.
  • If a Leave of Absence is granted and a student leaves after September 30 and returns before the end of the current school year, reapplication and testing is not necessary.
  • If a student’s Leave of Absence will occur during a transition from one GT Center school to another at a different level (such as at the end of 5th grade year prior to going from elementary to middle school) that family will have to reapply for entry into the new GT Center school.
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