In Jefferson county public schools, Gifted Centers are housed in regular school settings and provide a higher level of support for the affective needs of gifted learners. Gifted Centers have been in existence since 1984 at the elementary level, they were eventually added at the middle school level to achieve pathways for our gifted learners.
In the fall of 2009 the Center at Wheat Ridge High School opened to freshman. New freshman classes were added each year until the Center was serving students in 9th-12th grade. A detailed History of the Center is available.
At this time, most GT Center students take GT as their 7th class at WRHS. The GT class includes studying the Autonomous Learner Model, learning self-advocacy skills, several class projects, Destination Imagination, and Colorado Legislative Day. A recent tradition is the GT Welcome event where each current GT student creates a station with hand-made products to welcome the incoming freshman and their parents each spring.