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GATE Program

What is the GATE Program


The GATE program is designed to meet the individual academic needs of the GATE identified students by expanding the depth and complexity of the core program.  All students in 2nd grade are given a test to identify potential giftedness.  Students in grades 3 through 5 may be recommended for GATE testing by either their parent or teacher.  Students can only be tested once every 24 months.  Parent permission is required to test any child for GATE identification


Program Designs

Most of the District’s identified gifted students participate in programs at the neighborhood local school. There are several options available that are designed to provide a differentiated curriculum so that students attain optimal levels of learning. A local school program must comply with a more rigorous standard providing differentiation as an integral part of the regular school day.

  1. Curriculum experiences for gifted learners are planned, implemented, and evaluated in order to maximize student potential.
  2. Goals and objectives are determined at the local school by administrators, teachers, parents, and students by means of needs assessments. 
  3. Teachers of gifted/talented students “differentiate” the core curriculum through various means, including:
    • flexible groupings, 
    • acceleration of content, 
    • independent study, tiered assignments, 
    • interest centers, learning centers, 
    • compacting in student’s area of strength, mentorships, adjusting questions, honors, advanced placement courses, and use of above-grade-level resources.