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  • Resident School GATE Program


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    Most of the District's identified gifted students participate in programs at the local neighborhood 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. The first step in providing differentiated curriculum is to cluster gifted students. At the elementary level, gifted students should be clustered in groups of 5-8 or more, and at the secondary level, 15-25 gifted students should be placed together in core academic courses. Honors and AP courses may be an appropriate placement for gifted secondary students.

     

    Components

    Curriculum experiences for gifted learners that are planned, implemented, and evaluated in order to maximize student potential.

    Goals and objectives that are determined at the local school by administrators, teachers, parents, and students by means of needs assessments.

    Differentiation of 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 via mentorships, adjusting questions, honors coursework, Advanced Placement courses, and use of above-grade-level resources

    Application of the "non-negotiables" of gifted instruction:

    Depth

    Complexity

    Novelty

    Acceleration