Lisa de la Pena-Gifted and Talented Facilitator


Lisa de la Pena - GT Facilitator (

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

Referral Form - Identification process

DCSD Gifted





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