Admissions Process

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Stargate Mission

Stargate School will provide a differentiated program designed specifically to meet the needs of identified intellectually gifted learners in order to challenge each student’s academic abilities, support their unique emotional needs, promote individual character development and encourage a life-long love of learning.

Body of Evidence

Stargate School utilizes an intellectually gifted body of evidence to appropriately determine if a student meets the criteria for gifted identification and to build a student profile of strengths and interests.

The body of evidence includes, but may not be limited to, the following qualitative and quantitative measures:

    • Cognitive Assessment: Stargate School does not adhere to cut-off score practices. The scores guide the admissions process along with the comprehensive body of evidence. Stargate will provide opportunities for students to take a cognitive assessment at the school. Parents still have the option to have their child tested independently.

    • Achievement Assessments: These assessment data are utilized to determine if a student demonstrates advanced ability in a specific academic area. Students who score at the 95th percentile or above and/or at an advanced/distinguished level may meet the criteria for gifted identification. Up to two forms of achievement data may come from the following assessments: CMAS, ATI-Galileo, NWEA MAPS, iReady, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ACT Aspire, Renaissance STAR and others.

    • Teacher Recommendation Form: Stargate School uses a teacher recommendation form to gather evidence of gifted potential.

    • GT Identification-Parent Form: Parents will complete an Adams 12 parent form.

Supplemental Evidence

Performance Evaluations: Gifted ability is often not measured on a specific assessment but rather demonstrated through some type of performance. Identifying a student with advanced abilities in a content area may require an evaluation of performance. These may include:

    • Contest/Competitions: Evidence of top placement in a state or national academic contest (state science fair, spelling bee, national geography bee).

    • Portfolio: Student writing or other work will be reviewed using a rubric.

    • Classroom Performance: Qualitative data provided by a teacher of evidence of above-grade level performance.

Review Team Process

The Stargate Admission Review Team will review evidence for admissions based on indicators of gifted potential or a current gifted identification (A.L.P.). Evidence must include measures and data sources from the list above. Once a student has been admitted to Stargate, this Body of Evidence will be submitted to Advanced Academics & Gifted Services in Adams 12 to be evaluated for gifted identification.


Portability means that a student’s identification with an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) from any Colorado school/school district as intellectually gifted transfers to Stargate School. With an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), students applying to Stargate are automatically qualified for the lottery. For Out of State Gifted Identification, applicants will submit documentation that supports gifted identification from a different state and measures from the body of evidence.

Other Information

  • Stargate has a rigorous pace of instruction, high expectations, and a level of independence that is sometimes required of students. Please consider whether your student will be an appropriate candidate for Stargate before applying. There is a significant difference between intellectually gifted and high achieving students. We want to be sure that your child is successful at Stargate School.

    • Generally, a high-achieving student is one who works hard to succeed; is attentive in class; learns with ease; memorizes facts; correctly answers questions; and earns good grades. In comparison, a student who might be considered gifted in a particular content area is performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment compared to grade level peers; generates complex, abstract ideas; comprehends complex ideas; infers and connects concepts; is self-directed in learning; and can answer content-related questions but also asks complex questions (Kingore, 2014).

  • Stargate does not keep or roll the waitlist from year to year. Families need to apply each year they are interested. When applying, waitlisted applicants will not have to resubmit the body of evidence, as they have previously been qualified for admissions. An email will be sent to waitlisted applicants on November 1 reminding them to reapply, if interested.

  • No late applications will be accepted. A completed application consists of the application being submitted online (via SchoolMint) and all documents uploaded to the application.

Equal Opportunity: Stargate School is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination/harassment in relation to race,color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation and disability. Stargate School does not discriminate on the basis of disability in recruitment and admissions. Adams 12 Five Star Schools District Policy 8400 establishes guidelines related to allegations of discrimination and/or harassment of or by students or staff.
504 Coordinator: Sandy Francis (K-5) or Angela Fundaro (6-12) Should you suspect disability discrimination during admissions and/or enrollment, please contact the Section 504/Title II Coordinator listed.