Early Access for Kindergarten or First Grade

House Bill 08-1021 allows Colorado schools to accelerate highly advanced gifted children under age 5 (for kindergarten) and/or under age 6 (for first grade). School districts in the SJBOCES offer early access to kindergarten or first grade in order to support students who may have exceptional aptitude/cognitive reasoning, academics, school readiness and motivation. The early access process is designed for highly gifted children who require academic acceleration and is not recommended for the majority of 4 or 5 year olds.

For details about the application process, contact Nisia Patalan, San Juan BOCES Gifted Education Coordinator, at npatalan@sjboces.org. Applications are due by April 1st, 2024. Applications will be reviewed by a San Juan BOCES Early Access team, and families will be notified of the decision on or before June 1st.

Read below if your child needs early access to Kindergarten or 1st grade in the 2024-25 school year.

Our district has a process to accelerate highly advanced, gifted children into kindergarten under the age 5 and/or under age 6 for first grade.  Please contact Nisia Patalan, our San Juan BOCES Gifted Ed Coordinator, at npatalan@sjboces.org for application details.

Applications for next school year are due by April 1st, 2024.