Admissions Process

The Admissions window for the 2023-2024 school year is now closed. 

Please check back in October 2023 for updated information and dates for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Things to Consider - Before You Fill Out an Application

Stargate Mission

Everything at Stargate - including our Admissions process - starts with the school's 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.

Identifying Gifted Learners - Qualitative and Quantitative Measures

Consistent with the school's mission, Stargate requires that all prospective students be "qualified" as gifted. We recognize, however, that it can be difficult to generalize gifted students because their identifiers are personal and unique. Any family considering application to Stargate should consider how their child demonstrates giftedness.

Your Student Will Need a Body of Evidence to Support Gifted Identification 

Stargate School utilizes an intellectually gifted body of evidence to: 

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

Performance Evaluations May Offer Supplemental Evidence 

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: 

Ensuring Equity in Identification of Gifted Learners

Scholarships and other assistance for establishing the required body of evidence are available for applicants. Stargate will also provide assistance for ELL students to assure that language access does not distort this process.

What if My Student Was Already Identified as Gifted at Another School?

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 a Colorado Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), students applying to Stargate will be automatically qualified as gifted and eligible for the lottery (assuming applications are complete and submitted by the deadline). For Out of State Gifted Identification, applicants will need to submit documentation that supports gifted identification from a different state and provide a body of evidence as outlined above.

Will Stargate Be a Good Fit for My Student?

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).

Is My Kindergarten or 1st Grade Student Old Enough to Apply?

On/before October 1 of the school year they are applying to: 

For example, students applying for the 2023-24 school year, should have reached the ages indicated above by 10/1/23. 

Submitting Your Online Application Form: Oct 3 - Dec 16 

visit the How to Apply page for more detail

SchoolMint - One Account Per Family

All applicants are required to submit an application through Stargate's online application system, SchoolMint.

New Family (never applied to Stargate)- you will need to create ONE SchoolMint account per family. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Previous Stargate Applicant (applied for a sibling, applied for this child, waitlisted, previously attended Stargate, etc)- you need to log into the SchoolMint account you created previously, whether it was created for this applicant or for another child in your family. If you forgot your password or username, you can reset it by clicking on “Forgot password” or “Forgot Username." If you are still unable to login, please email admissions@stargateschool.org.  Please do not create another account. Remember, you only need one SchoolMint account per family. 

Applying for More than One Child? If applying for more than one student, click the green “Add/Edit New Student Application" to add all of your students to one account. You'll use the same account to submit all of their applications.

Application Form & List of Documents for Upload 

Once you're logged into SchoolMint (either as a new or returing user), you'll need to:

Scholarships and other assistance for establishing the required body of evidence are available for applicants. Stargate will also provide assistance for ELL students to assure that language access does not distort this process.

Cognitive Assessment, Choose From 2 Options - All Applicants

Unless your student is already on an ALP (Advanced Learning Plan) in a Colorado school, a cognitive assessment is one of the bodies of evidence that is required to complete your student's application to Stargate. Applicants may get re-tested with the same instrument, after one full calendar year, but no sooner. If an applicant has two of the same cognitive assessments administered in less than one full calendar year, the results from the first assessment will be used for admissions. 

Option 1 - Private Psychologist Administers Cognitive Assessment

Applicants may choose to get an outside cognitive assessment (IQ test) administered by a private psychologist. Please click here for a list of some of the resources available. Applicants who choose this option must upload the IQ report with the results to the application before submitting it. Costs incurred are the responsibility of the family. 

Option 2 - Stargate Administers Cognitive Assessment

Applicants can request (on the application) a cognitive assessment administered at Stargate. However, assessment slots are limited. Families are encouraged to submit their applications, including requests for Stargate-administered cognitive assessments, as soon as possible. Once the application is received, if spots are available, a sign up to schedule the assessment will be sent. Once slots are filled, Stargate can not guarantee any additional slots. However, applicants may consider having an outside IQ test administered. You can not request an assessment at Stargate until after your application is submitted. 

Colorado ALP 

If your student is on an ALP (Advanced Learning Plan) in a Colorado school, this will be the only body of evidence you will need to submit on the application as your student has already been identified as gifted and talented in the state of Colorado. Your student does not need an additional cognitive assessment.

Academic Assessment - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Applicants

In addition to a cognitive assessment, all applicants applying to Kindergarten and 1st grade are required to come in to Stargate for an academic assessment, which is different from the cognitive assessment. The academic assessment will be scheduled after your student's completed application has been submitted to Stargate.

For applicants who have requested a cognitive assessment administered at Stargate, the academic assessment will be scheduled on the same day as the cognitive assessment. If an outside cognitive assessment has already been completed, only the academic assessment will need to be scheduled. 

Note - applicants in grades 2-10 are required to submit state Academic Achievement Assessments (i.e. CMAS, PARCC, MAPs, iReady, other state assessments), which are not required for Kindergarten/1st Grade applicants.

Application Deadline - 4pm on Dec. 16, 2022 

Applications must be complete and submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for the lottery. 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.

Note: Failure to submit the proper documents (ie.cognitive assessment report with results and proof of residency), may delay your application and possibly make the applicant ineligible for admissions.

Qualified Candidates, Lottery, Seat Offers & Waitlists

visit the Admissions Policy page for more detail

Qualified / Not Qualified - Applications Review Process

All complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine if the student’s body of evidence demonstrates that the student is intellectually gifted and is therefore qualified for enrollment in Stargate School. Once determinations are made:

Visit the Admissions Dates page for this year's calendar/schedule or the Admissions Policy page for more about how students are qualified

Qualification - Qualification does not guarantee a seat offer. Seats are subject to availability and assigned via a lottery that includes all other qualified applicants. Once an applicant has qualified for Stargate School, they are not ranked.

Non-Qualification - If a parent/guardian chooses to appeal the non-qualification decision, the appeal must be sent to admissions@stargateschool.org within 2 business days of notification of non-qualification. The letter of appeal should provide Stargate School with the reasons why the parent/guardian believes the child should be qualified for admission. The appeal letter will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the parent/guardian will be notified promptly of the decision.

Body of Evidence - an applicant's body of evidence must include measures and data sources, see "Identifying Gifted Learners - Qualitative and Quantitative Measures"; "Application Form & List of Documents for Upload": "Academic Assessment (K-1)"; "Cognitive Assessment (all)" 

Qualified Students - Priority Order

Once a student has qualified, an analysis of space available is conducted that also includes these factors:

Note: Students who leave Stargate School for one year or less may reapply and be placed on a waitlist behind siblings of currently enrolled students and employee child(ren). After one year, students will need to reapply and will enter the lottery process along with new qualified applicants.

Qualified Students - Lottery Process

Openings in any grade level are distributed by a random computerized lottery with seats offered to qualified applicants based on priority and availability.

How Many Seats Are Available?

The number of seats available varies by year and by grade. For all grades except Kindergarten (where all seats are available), it is determined by the number of students not returning the following school year. 

Priority Applicants

Available seats will be offered to qualified sibling applicants first, qualified employee applicants second, qualified Independent Stargate Board member applicants third, qualified in-district applicants fourth, and qualified out-of-district applicants last. All qualified applicants will be entered into a random (computerized) lottery system and seats offered based on priority and availability.

Who's On the List?

The lottery list is comprised of previously qualified and newly qualified applicants. The order of the list is based on priority status as described above and then created based on the results from the random (computerized) lottery system.

Note: 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, usually around November 1, reminding them to re-apply, if interested.

Seat Offers & Waitlists  

Key Events:

Visit the Admissions Dates page for this year's calendar/schedule. 

Waitlists 

If the qualified applicant's name is not pulled in the lottery and a a seat is not immediately available for the upcoming school year, the applicant is placed on a wait list.

Declined Seats

If a seat offer is declined, the applicant voluntarily gives up their enrollment opportunity and must reapply for the following year. The seat will then be offered to the next qualified applicant on the waitlist.

Applying to Remain in the Lottery Pool

If the waitlisted applicant does not receive an offer prior to the beginning of the next admissions cycle, the parent/guardian must annually reaffirm the desire for their student to remain in the lottery pool via the electronic application system. Failure to indicate intent to remain in the lottery pool for the following year by the stated deadline will result in the application being removed from the electronic application system. Position on a waitlist does not carry over to the new application year. 

Does the Waitlist Roll Over?

A New List Each Year

Stargate does not keep or "roll" the waitlist from year to year. As a result, position on a waitlist does not carry over to the new application year.  

Applying to Remain in the Lottery Pool

If the waitlisted applicant does not receive an offer prior to the beginning of the next admissions cycle, they will receive an email - typically around Nov. 1 - with an invitation to return to the lottery pool. The parent/guardian must annually reaffirm the desire for their student to remain in the lottery pool via the electronic application system However, because they've already been qualified for admission, waitlisted applicants will NOT have to resubmit the body of evidence for a second review by the the Stargate Admissions Committee.  

Failure to Apply

Failure to indicate intent to remain in the lottery pool for the following year by the stated deadline will result in the application being removed from the electronic application system. 

District Record-Keeping

Once a student has been admitted to Stargate, the student's body of evidence provided with their application will be submitted to Advanced Academics & Gifted Services in Adams 12 to be evaluated for gifted identification.  

Quick Links

Questions about Stargate's Applications and Admissions process? Email admissions@stargateschool.org.

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) sandy.francis@stargateschool.org or Angela Fundaro (6-12) angela.fundaro@stargateschool.org. Should you suspect disability discrimination during admissions and/or enrollment, please contact the Section 504/Title II Coordinator listed.