GATE - Gifted And Talented Education

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) team at MCSD is committed to meeting the educational needs of our gifted students. 

The program varies from school to school. There are some similarities in all the schools. Students who are formally identified into the program are provided services on a weekly basis at the elementary school level. Elementary facilitators push and challenge kids in their identified strength areas and provide weekly enrichment projects. Students are screened for advanced classes in their strength area at the middle school level.

Early Access for Kindergarten

Information about the new MCSD process for entering school early. 

To meet the needs of highly advanced children who have not yet entered kindergarten or first grade, Montrose County School District may grant early entrance to school. The process is not for typical children who miss the September 15th entrance date. 

Click here for important information and to begin the application process.

Early Access into kindergarten or first grade was established by House Bill 1021 and became effective in July 2009. 

Fast Facts for Early Access can be found on the CDE web site:

Who will benefit from Early Access? HB 1021 limits early access to 4 or 5 year olds who are “highly advanced gifted children.” These children are academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature, and are in the top 2 percent of the population. 

If you have further questions about Early Access or our process, please contact:

Allen Golden
Secondary Curriculum/Gifted Coordinator
Montrose County School District
(970) 249-2653 Ext. 4902
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