GATE - English

Gifted And Talented (GATE) Program
District Mission Statement: The Lemon Grove School District engages and supports all students in achieving high academic standards in a safe, innovative, and challenging environment that ignites a passion for learning.
It is one of the goals of the Lemon Grove School District that “Every child reaches his or her optimum achievement level,” and the District's GATE program is an extension of that goal. Our GATE program is designed for students in grades 3-8 to:
· Challenge students' levels of thinking, problem solving, and conceptualization;
· Support advanced, ethical, or original thinking;
· Develop sensitivity and responsibility for self and others; and
· Instill an interest in life-long learning.

 


WHO IS A GATE STUDENT?
Compared to their age peers, GATE students usually learn at a faster pace, use a large vocabulary, ask many questions, and need activities that are complex and challenging. They may also be highly sensitive, creative, and intense. These are only some of the characteristics of a GATE student.
HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED FOR THE GATE PROGRAM?
Students are identified for the GATE program in the Lemon Grove School District through 1) the use of a screening test and a review of the student's academic achievement records, or 2) a verification of participation in a GATE program in another school district.
Lemon Grove School District Recommendation forms (in English & Spanish) are available at all school sites and the District Office. A Recommendation form may be submitted by a parent, teacher, or other staff member. The form includes parent permission for testing.
The Lemon Grove School District utilizes the RAVEN Progressive Matrices test as an initial screening tool. This test is administered in the winter and the spring at each school site. In addition, the student's classroom characteristics, scores from standardized tests (or district multiple measures), report card grades, and socioeconomic risk factors are considered during the identification process. However, no one of these factors by itself can qualify a student for the GATE program.
At the conclusion of the two annual assessment periods in the district, all parents and schools are notified of the assessment results.

HOW CAN PARENTS SUPPORT THEIR GATE STUDENT?

The home life of a student frequently determines the extent and nature of a student's learning opportunities. An enriched home environment often sparks creativity and intellectual development. Some ways parents can support their GATE student's school program are:
· Be supportive – share ideas and thoughts daily;
· Encourage your student to wonder or reflect about ideas or actions;
· Encourage original thinking with “What if” questions;
· Foster the development of hobbies or interests;
· Discuss or analyze current events with your student;
· Help discover sources of information – but don't do “things” for the student;
· Whenever possible, take your student to museums, galleries, historical places, etc. in order to expand his/her thinking;
· Maintain an interest in your student's school and assignments, model working together.

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR GATE STUDENTS?

In keeping with the Lemon Grove School District's vision and goals, each school provides a program for its GATE students. At the elementary schools, GATE classes are typically clustered at grade levels with groups ranging up to one-third of the class. In such classes, the core curriculum is differentiated to meet student's needs. The content, processes, and products utilized in instruction are made more complex and/or accelerated. In middle schools, GATE students participate in a series of self-contained classes focused on particular subjects. At sixth grade, the areas of language arts and social studies are emphasized, while at seventh and eighth grade, GATE classes are centered around language arts and math.
It is important to remember that GATE identification does not necessarily represent superiority in all subject areas. It is common for a GATE student to be well above his/her peers in some areas and average or even below average in others. The school program should adapt with the student's strengths.
RESOURCES
Gifted Education Communicator. A Journal for Educators and Parents, California Association for the Gifted, http://www.cagifted.org/
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide, Judy Galbraith, Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 1984
Growing Up Gifted, Barbara Clark, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1992
The Challenge of Raising Your Gifted Child, California Association for the Gifted, Item #P-03
Parenting for High Potential, published quarterly by the National Association for Gifted Children, http://www.nagc.org/
Helping Gifted Children Soar, Carol Strip & Gretchen Hirsch, Great Potential Press
For more information contact:
Projects Coordinator
Lemon Grove School District
619-825-5600