Gifted and Talented

All students in Ridgway School District, regardless of socioeconomic, linguistic or cultural backgrounds and/or disabilities, have an equal opportunity to be screened for our Gifted & Talented Education Program.

For Early Access to Kindergarten or First Grade, a specific process is followed, including nomination forms from the Preschool and/or Kindergarten teachers; the student’s parents complete a social/emotional checklist; a classroom observation of the student’s social attributes is conducted by an Early Childhood Specialist; and the School Psychologist administers the WISC IV or WPPSI test for consideration of IQ and learning strengths/needs. The body of evidence results are discuss for formal evaluation by the Early Entry Committee team members consisting of the Elementary School Principal, School Counselor, GT Coordinator, and Grade Level Teachers, as well as the members of the team which gathered the student’s evidence.

For Grades Third through Twelfth, a Student Profile of data is gathered. All third grade students are given the CogAT (Cognitive Ability Test), as well as students that are new to the District, or students for which a referral has been made by a teacher or parent. The CogAT is administered to explore the students’ verbal, quantitative and nonverbal abilities, and an Ability Profile is generated for each student that is given the CogAT. This Profile is passed on to the students’ parents and teachers, and it becomes part of each Student’s Profile. In order to be considered for GT, they must score at or above the 95th percentile on at least one battery of the CogAT test. In addition, the student’s data on the PARCC assessment must be in the Advanced Category for at least their strength area, but preferably in many areas of the Colorado Academic Performance tests. Qualification also includes scores on the Fall and Spring NWEA tests. Students must score at or above the 95th percentile, or at the “gifted” level of the NWEA tests. If a student is referred by a teacher or a parent, grade level teachers are given a Checklist for Identification of Gifted & Talented to help indicate their social and emotional behaviors and performance levels within the classroom, and a Parent Observations Checklist for Gifted or Talented is completed by the student’s parents to indicate observations noticed by the parents. These two documents are added to the student’s body of evidence.

For students at the elementary level, other such assessments given to all students equally are reading tests such as DIBELS (for fluency and comprehension); the STAR or Early STAR Reading test for indication of grade level equivalency in comprehension and vocabulary; the Fry Word List for accuracy of sight word identification; and a Words Their Way inventory for accuracy of spelling patterns.

For students at the middle school and high school levels, the Student’s Profile will also include the EXPLORE tests taken in 8th and 9th grades, and the PLAN test, for 10th graders. PSAT, ACT, and SAT (if taken) test scores are part of the 11th and 12th grade requirements. Scores in the 95th percentile or above are considered to be in the GT range.

Some students may have strong evidence of superior abilities that require further testing and are monitored for additional data. Students in the visual and performing arts may also be considered for GT if a rubric of progressive information has been kept by their teacher(s), and/or if they have been given a standardized test in the specified arts area by their respective teacher(s).

Although Ridgway School District is known for not having underrepresented or underserved populations, for those that may be enrolled, students are identified using the same criteria as above, or in certain cases if language proficiency should be in question or is a barrier, other measures may be used through referral to the UnBOCS (Uncompahgre Board of Cooperative Services) for further testing. Examples of the use of other measures could apply to English Language Learners or students with exceptional needs such as speech, hearing, vision, etc.

Once a student qualifies for identification, a team consisting of the student, the student’s parent, the student’s teachers [including area of strength(s) and other teachers that have an impact on the student’s achievement], the student’s grade level Advisor, the School Counselor, the School Principal, and the GT Coordinator, all meet to formulate the student’s Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) for that school year. It is then revisited and updated annually by the same team, except the next year’s grade level teachers and Advisor may change.

Please direct any questions regarding our Gifted and Talented Program Identification Process to the Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

The Ridgway School District offers a K - 5th grade pull-out flexible grouping enrichment program for students who are identified as GT and other high achieving students who are identified by standardized testing and teacher recommendation. The pull-out classes are provided four days per week for 35 to 40 min. Instruction is provided for both Language Arts and Math. The focus switches back and forth from month to month during the school year. We use quality materials created for Gifted and Talented students which include: Jacob's Ladder, Junior Great Books, Challenge Primary Math, Navigators, and AIMS. Some third, fourth and fifth grade students are subscribed to the ALEKS online math program.

Middle School and High School students who are identified as GT are carefully counseled and monitored for advanced classes. Differentiation to curriculum is provided by regular classroom content teachers. 

Mrs. Bradley is the elementary GT Coordinator for the Ridgway School District. Mrs. Bradley is a veteran teacher. She has 12 graduate credits in Gifted and Talented education, Level 1 and 2 Twice Exceptional training, and has attended many workshops and conferences specifically related to gifted education. Mrs. Bradley, Elementary GT Coordinator, has an office in Room #130 at the Ridgway Elementary School, 1115 W. Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO 81432.  She may be reached by telephone at (970) 626-5468, extension 1130, or by email at cbradleyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Email is the quickest way to contact her.

For current information about Enrichment classes click here.


UnBOCES Battle of the Books

This year's Battle of the Books will be held on Friday, April 24th from 9 to 12 in the RES Library. 

Five local area districts, which include Ouray, Telluride, Norwood, West End (Nucla & Naturita), and Ridgway, will compete in the fourth annual five-district Battle of the Books. The America's Battle of the Books organization is a non-profit agency which promotes reading by providing participants with a book list and associated questions to be used in challenges.

3rd to 5th Grade Team:
Anna Bartsch
Crystal Bustos
Cutler Connaughton
Maisy Gordon
Claire Lindley
Frankie Lowery

6th to 8th Grade Team
Anza Connaughton
Lily Harrington
Maisy Gardiner
Noah Jaffe
Caitlin Sanchez
Emma Taylor

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Passion Projects - December 2, 2014

Enrichment students in grades 3 through 5 created a variety of projects sharing knowledge that they gained from exploring topics that they were 'passionate' about. Topics included: ice cream, chemical reactions, paper airplanes, wolves, radiation, pop star Becky G., second chances for animals, Greek history, the history of soccer and the soccer player, Messi. Student projects took many forms. Students created Power Point presentations, videos, rap songs, dioramas, graphs and displays to share their knowledge.

Grades 3-5 Reading List

Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan
Brittain, Bill The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree
Christopher, John The White Mountains
Christopher, Matt Ice Magic
Davies, Jacqueline Tricking the Tallyman
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie
Dowell, Frances Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts!: The First Experiment
Fleischman, Sid By the Great Horn Spoon!
Fleming, Candace Boxes for Katje
Flournoy, Valerie The Patc Patchwork Quilt
Fritz, Jean The Great Little Madison
Fritz, Jean What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
George, Jean My Side of the Mountain
Gipson, Fred Old Yeller
Grabenstein, Chris Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Hahn, Mary Downing Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story
Hobbs, Valerie Sheep
Jacques, Brian Redwall
King-Smith, Dick Harry's Mad
L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time
Limbaugh, Rush Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars
Manes, Stephen Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
Martin, Ann A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray
Palacio, R.J. Wonder
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet
Pennypacker, Sara Clementine
Porter, Connie Rose Meet Addy: An American Girl
Roberts, Willo Davis Scared Stiff
Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising
Sachar, Louis There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Scieszka, Jon Knights of the Kitchen Table
Wells, Rosemary Lincoln & His Boys
Wiles, Deborah Love, Ruby Lavender
Winthrop, Elizabeth Castle in the Attic

2014-2015 Battle of the Books

Grades 6-8 Reading List

Alcott Eight Cousins
Anderson, Laurie Chains
Avi, Greg City of Orphans
Bauer Stand Tall
Bond A String in the Harp
Boyne, John Boy in Striped Pajamas
Curtis Bud, Not Buddy
Freedman, Russell Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
George On the Far Side of the Mountain
Giff Pictures of Hollis Woods
Hahn December Stillness
Hansen I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
Henkes Oliver’s Ocean
Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust
Hobbs, Will Jason’s Gold
Holm, Anne I Am David
Holm, Jennifer Our Only May Amelia
Holm, Jennifer Turtle in Paradise
Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker
Houston/Houston Farewell to Manzanar
Hunt The Lottery Rose
Lasky, Kathryn Guardians of Ga’hoole 02: The Journey
O’Reilly, Bill Kennedy’s Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Nation
Park A Single Shard
Paterson Jip, His Story
Riordan, Rick The Son of Neptune
Shahan, S. Death Mountain
Sloan, Holly Counting by 7”s
Soto Baseball in April
Snyder The Egypt Game
Steinbeck The Red Pony
Taylor, Mildred D. The Land
Tolen Surviving the Applewhites
Woodson Feathers
Wright The Dollhouse Murders
Zindel The Pigma

UNC - Gifted and Talented Summer Enrichment Program -

Have fun checking it out!