The goal of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) Gifted and Talented Education program is to locate and provide educational experiences for students. Program offerings include differentiation in the regular classroom, cluster groupings, and special activities.
SMUSD GATE program significantly modifies the core curriculum in content, process, and product to develop depth, complexity and novelty and to meet the needs of gifted students by exceeding state academic content standards. Differentiated curriculum is offered as an integral part of each day within the regular classroom. Teachers implement a variety of appropriate instructional models, techniques, and approaches based on current research and training in the teaching of the gifted.
The district provides an opportunity for students to be screened regardless of gender, socioeconomic, linguistic, cultural background, or disabilities. Students in grades 3 and 4 may be referred for GATE evaluation by parents and/or the classroom teacher. Students who are recommended for GATE will be assessed with the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT8), along with test scores, and teacher and parent questionnaire responses will be used to determine GATE eligibility. Once identified, students will be clustered in GATE classes throughout their elementary school experience. All students, regardless of GATE identification, have access to Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the middle and high school levels.
SMUSD recognizes that teachers trained in meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students are the foundation of any well designed GATE program. Teachers are provided the opportunity to become GATE certified through specialized training courses to meet the needs of gifted students.
Each school has a site GATE coordinator that is responsible for identification and testing of students, working with teachers to provide materials for differentiation, holding information nights for parents, and coordinating enrichment activities at the site. For more information about the GATE program at your child’s school, please contact your school office for the GATE Coordinator’s contact information or refer to email addresses below.
|Elementary School Site||School Site GATE Coordinator||Contact Email|
|Alvin Dunn Elementary||Nicole McClymondsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Carrillo Elementary||Robin Falk and Jodi Kinardemail@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Discovery Elementary||Jeff Schmidt and Kimberly Okersonemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Double Peak Elementary||Brittney Russo and Mara Mcleodemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary||Jennifer Luboweemail@example.com|
|Knob Hill Elementary||Amy Hammonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|La Costa Meadows Elementary||Susan Smithemail@example.com|
|Paloma Elementary||Camille Burksfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Richland Elementary||Krista Mendiolaemail@example.com|
|San Elijo Elementary||Quyen Nicol and Joseph McCormickfirstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com|
|San Marcos Elementary||Traci Molloyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Twin Oaks Elementary||Ruth Andersenemail@example.com|