Colorado Department of Education – Exceptional Student Leadership Unit

Address: 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Room 300
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 866-6685 Email: Website:

The Exceptional Student Services Unit is comprised of three offices.

NOTE: The contents from these three offices within the Exceptional Student Services Unit were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

The Office of Special Education

This office is a resource to teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or have some other special need.


The Office of Gifted Education

"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.

The Office of Facility Schools

The goal of the Office of Facility Schools is to assure that all students in placement receive a quality education – at least comparable to what they would receive in the public school setting.

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