Kelly Southerlin-Gifted and Talented Facilitator


Kelly Southerlin- GT Facilitator (

Below, please find helpful links to GT identification and services within the Douglas County School District.

Referral Form- Identification Process  Spanish version of the Gifted Identification Referral form

DCSD Gifted





Consent to test

Universal Screening (Grade 3) 

DCSD will continue to use the CogAT as a universal screening tool for all 3rd grade students this fall (2019). They will take the Level 9 version of the test.

  • Scores and reports from universal testing will be used as one piece of data to inform instruction for ALL students, not only for advanced learners.  

  • As a Universal Screening tool, all students scoring at the 95th percentile or above on one or more of the batteries will be referred for the gifted identification process if they have not already been identified for gifted programming.

Universal Screening (Grade 5 or 6) testing

We will continue to use CogAT as a universal screening tool for all 5th or 6th grade students (whichever is the FINAL year of elementary school).  Students will take either Level 11 (5th grade) or Level 12 (6th grade) of the test. 

  • Scores and reports from this universal testing may be used as one piece of data to inform instruction and transition decisions for all students, not only for advanced learners.

Elementary Discovery Program

The Douglas County School District has designed intensive programming for elementary school students in grades 2 through 6 who require educational programming beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular classroom. 

These students can be identified by the following characteristics:

  • They make connections between and among disciplines and concepts beyond what could be expected among their age peers.
  • They are able to learn quickly and need appropriately paced instruction.
  • They are usually inquisitive and often passionate about one or more areas of interest.
  • They have interests beyond those which could be expected of their age peers.
  • They are advanced academically in language and/or math concepts.
  • They have curricular needs which must be modified beyond what is expected in the regular classroom.
  • They display a high level of cognitive potential.
  • Their social and emotional needs require grouping with intellectual peers not often available within the regular classroom.

Discovery Program Sites

Please note: The location of the Discovery Program is subject to change, based on the needs of the district. Parents are responsible for transporting students to and from the Discovery Program sites. Administrative placement is available for siblings of Discovery students on a space available basis.

Acres Green Elementary

Northridge Elementary

Pine Lane Elementary

Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School