GATE: Gifted And Talented Education
Identification of Students:
Students will be identified bi-yearly, based on standardized test scores from the current and previous school years. In general, students who score at or above the 97th percentile on three tests in reading and/or math will be placed in the curriculum unit coordinating to that academic area.
Our gifted education teachers work with students during a 40-minute block for two out of six days in math/science and one out of six days in reading/writing. This ensures that students are still receiving their core instruction while they receive opportunities for enrichment.
The focus during the math/science time in grades 3-5 is based on the National Math and Science Initiative curriculum – NMSI. https://www.nms.org/ This curriculum is designed to help students achieve in advanced placement opportunities at the secondary level. The curriculum also allows for a unit from Project Lead the Way – PLTW, many units from this curriculum are in our core science program, but these particular units take the engineering and design process to a deeper level. In grades 1-2, the math/science curriculum comes primarily from LegoWedo, Scratch, and the utilization of resources like MakeyMakey and other hands-on learning opportunities.
The focus during the reading/writing time is based on enriching our core curriculum research process and allowing students to dig deep into projects of passion. Our gifted education teachers utilize a wide variety of resources and strategies to work with students in these areas.
For more information:
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Heather Sand can be contacted with questions regarding gifted education at firstname.lastname@example.org
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