Special Programs

Gifted and Talented


The Alamosa School District is committed to providing a rigorous academic environment to meet the educational needs of advanced learners. Gifted programming is an ongoing process through which we develop the emerging strengths of each identified students in intellect, motivation, and creativity. By offering differentiated instruction and opportunities, the students will become competent and productive citizens.

 

 
 

Student Resources

Parent Resources

  • NAGC is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.
  • Council of Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
  • Gifted Development Center serves parents, schools, and advocacy groups with information about identification, assessment, counseling, learning styles, programs, presentations, and resources for gifted children and adults.
  • GT World is an on-line support community for parents of Gifted and Talented children.
  • SENG focuses primarily on the adults in the lives of gifted children. SENG provides information on identification, guidance, and effective ways to live and work with gifted individuals.
  • Hoagies is a resource guide for the education of gifted children with links to resources on nearly every aspect of gifted education available on the Internet, plus annotations and first hand information provided by parents.
  • 2Exceptional Newsletter website and publications directed squarely at the intersection of giftedness and learning difficulties.
  • AEGUS, The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students, serves as an advocate for this special population.
  • Family Education is a resource that contains games and activities that challenge the mind, with tips and resources to keep your child centered.
  • Gifted and Creative Services Australia is dedicated to providing information and services that encompass and nourish the whole gifted person and meets emotional, intellectual, physical and educational needs.
  • NSGT The National Society for the Gifted & Talented™ (NSGT) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) foundation created to honor and encourage gifted and talented (G&T) children and youth.
  • Uniquely Gifted Twice-exceptional children (that is, intellectually gifted children with special needs such as AD/HD, learning disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, etc.) have a hard time in our education system – because their giftedness can mask their special needs and their special needs hide their giftedness, they are often labeled as “lazy,” “unmotivated,” “not trying.” This site is specially dedicated to these children with articles written by leading psychologists and specialists.

Contests & Competitions

Language Arts/Writing Competitions

Newsday: Future newspaper creators and writers from upper elementary through high school are eligible to enter this competition.

Word Masters: A national competition for students in grades 3-8, which encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Over 4,200 school teams, from 50 states, participated last year.

Math Competitions

 National elementary school competitions (grades K-6)

Miscellaneous Competitions

Amazing Kids: is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping kids realize their amazing potential. From “Amazing Kids of the Month,” to linking students with mentors, contests, this program supports the unique talents of children and aspires to build on their talents.

Gloria Barron Prize for young Heroes: This competition is looking for students 8-18 who have made a significant positive difference in the world.

Philosophy Slam: Kindergarteners through high school can join in slamming fun of philosophy through this contest.

Toy Challenge: Open to students in grades 5-8, the Toy Challenge combines the skill of science, engineering, creativity, art and design to challenge you to create a new toy.

Science Competitions

Christopher Columbus Awards: Middle school students are challenged to work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem.

Social Studies Competitions

National Geography Bee: Grades 4-8 participate in this competition. Specifically created to encourage teachers to spark more interest in geography, this competition creates public awareness about geography.

National History Day: Individuals or groups from grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the discovery and interpretation of historical topics related to an annual theme. Each state has specific requirements and winners advance to national levels.

English Language Learners


The mission of the English Language Services Acquisition program is to provide culturally competent educational support to schools, families, and communities of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds through program services, professional interaction, effective communication, and community collaboration

 
 

 

Health and Wellness


The Alamosa School District Health and Wellness Program is dedicated to improving and maintaining the general health and well-being of all students and employees. The goal of the Health and Wellness Committee is to promote greater health awareness by providing information, activities and services designed to support healthy lifestyle choices.

 
 

Home Schooling in Colorado


Pursuant to Colorado law, parents who wish to begin home schooling must provide written notification of the establishment of the home school program 14 days before beginning the home school program to a Colorado school district. The written notification must include the name, age, place of residence, and number of attendance hours for each child that will be participating in the home school program. Written notification must be re-submitted to a Colorado school district each year.