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    The mission of Fountain-Fort Carson District 8 is to ensure that each child has equal access to receive an optimum educational experience. Our district recognizes the need to identify students from all backgrounds who demonstrate a potential for exceptional performance. Therefore, we are committed to providing relevant and challenging learning experiences to support the intellectual, behavioral, social, emotional, artistic and creative development of our gifted students.

  • GT Summer Programs and Opportunities


    UNC Summer Enrichment Program: July 7-20

    SEP is a two-week residential program at the University of Northern Colorado consisting of high-interest, hands-on, brains-on courses for gifted, talented, and creative students entering grades 5 through 10.

    Courses are developed by specialists in gifted education and/or in specific content areas as part of the university's Center for the Education & Study of Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners. 

    Curriculum is developed and differentiated according to basic principles of gifted education, providing a unique opportunity for enrichment not ordinarily possible in regular classrooms.

    Click here for details.

    Click here for information about Partial Scholarships. 


    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Summer Camps 

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more!

    Expedition Teens (Students ENTERING 7th-9th grade)

    Combine your love of animals and nature and join your fellow teens to dig into the amazing discoveries the natural world has to offer. Explore the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo—getting up close with animals—and uncover what is being done in the wild to preserve incredible animal species. Traverse the Zoo’s nature trail and try your hand at some basic outdoor skills. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to test your skills and challenge your mind!

    Dates & Times

    Camps run Monday – Friday
    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Scholarships are available and are based on need. 

    Click here for 2019 Schedules and Information



    Summer Coding Program for Middle and High School Students

    If you are interested in learning coding during the summer, but don’t want to attend a camp then explore this opportunity. It’s a 3-week coding program during which you would be learning real-world programming skills (Python, HTML, JavaScript etc). What’s unique about them is that they teach through a live, instructor-led, online class. You will attend a small group online class from the convenience of your home and be taught by a live instructor. You can see more details here - http://www.codewizardshq.com/summer-program/.

    The Colorado College

    The Colorado College Education Department is now accepting applications for 2019 Gifted and Talented Plus Children’s Summer Program for students entering grades 1 through 11 in the fall.  

    Registration is open through March 22, 2019. 

    2018 GT+ Program Dates 

    June 10–28, 2019

    8:45–11:45 am, Monday – Friday

    GT Class Descriptions-Click to view

    GT Application-Click to open

    • Financial assistance is available for children receiving free or reduced lunch at school.

    Whiz Bang Science

    The Colorado College Education Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Whiz Bang Children’s Summer Program for students entering grades 1 through 9 in the fall.  

    2018 Whiz Bang Dates:

    July 8–19, 2019

    8:45–11:45 am, Monday – Friday 

    2019 WB Class Descriptions 

    WB Webpage and Online Application

    • Financial assistance is available for children receiving free or reduced lunch at school.  






    Center for Bright Kids Center for Bright Kids

    Rooted in the talent development model, CBK summer programs offer students the opportunity to study with bright, motivated peers, enhance their preparation for advanced coursework, and establish long-lasting friendships with students from across the country and around the world. Students with exceptional ability entering grades 4-12 or ages 8-17 are offered a varied selection of enrichment and/or acceleration courses on campus at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Applications are accepted through May 1, 2019.

    Summer Application Process and Policies

    Summer 2019 Application


    UCCS Rec Kids Program

    Rec Kids

    UCCS RecKids Camp program offers children a variety of activities each day assuring you that your child(ren) will have fun while developing relationships with other campers as well as the Campus Recreation Monitors, as they experience and discover the world around them. Both small and large group activities will allow your child(ren) to learn the importance of valuing diversity, being a team player and leading by example. Each camp session includes a variety of activities which allows your child(ren) to grow in mind and body. 

    2019 Summer Camp Information


    Colorado Outward Bound School Wilderness Program

    Outdoor adventures range from 6-81 days for ages 12-adult and are available year-round throughout the United States and Mexico.  Leadership skills and character development are the focus.  You don't have to be an athlete or outdoor enthusiast to succeed, but you do need to embrace a challenge and seek adventure. 

    Search programs by age on the right-hand side of the site. 

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Mrs. Jill Hellman



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Mrs. Jill Hellman

My name is Jill Hellman and I am the Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator at Carson Middle School. This is my thirteenth year at Carson Middle School and my third year in the Gifted and Talented program.  

I grew up in Castle Rock, CO and moved to Colorado Springs to attend the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2000. I graduated with a BA in History in 2004. It was here that I met my husband. We were married in 2008 and have two wonderful boys--Davis (7) and Walker (4). I received my MA ED in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington and have a Pre-K-12 endorsement in Gifted Education from the state of Colorado.