Gifted and Talented

The academic programming for GT identified and high ability students at Fireside Elementary includes:
  • 5th Grade GT Enrichment Program
  • 4th Grade TBD
  • 3rd Grade Challenge Math
  • 2nd Grade Challenge Math
  • 1st Grade Challenge Math

BVSD schools provide programming for Gifted and Talented (GT) students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification policy, which is based on a body of evidence. The BVSD Gifted & Talented (GT) Office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school-based programming.  A wealth of information is available on the Gifted and Talented page.  

The Gifted & Talented Advisor (GTA) is the primary advocate for students, communications, and programming in the school. 

Students may be identified as Gifted & Talented in one or more of the following areas:

  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities

Schools follow the BVSD Acceleration policy when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students.  Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through  the BVSD Early Access policy.  

The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students. Programming is documented in the student's Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) or, at the secondary level, ​(ICAP). Programming may include academic, enrichment,  and affective (social emotional) supports and extensions.  

BVSD sponsors district-wide enrichment activities.  These are open to students whether they are identified as GT or not. Learn more on the Gifted and Talented page.  

  • Corden Pharma Colorado Regional Science Fair (Grades 6-12)
  • Destination Imagination - NOCO Canyon Region (Grades k-12)
  • Boulder Regional History Day (Grades 6-12)
  • Boulder Valley Regional Spelling Bee (Grades 3-8)
  • Math Olympiads (Grades 4 and 5)
  • Battle of the Books (Grades 3-12)
Janine Fitzgerald

Janine Fitzgerald

Job Title: Para

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right.” - Henry Ford

I was born and raised in Shrewsbury, NJ. although I've lived in Colorado most of my adult life. I attended Rutgers University in NJ. I moved to the West Coast in the early 80's. My main career was in Information Technology, but was RIF'd in 2001. I then became a stay-at-home mom to my two sons (both are Fireside alumni). I became Fireside's Gifted and Talented Tutor in 2008.