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    Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.)

    The philosophy of the San Marcos Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is to provide a challenging education to all students identified as gifted and talented and to build on their inherent strengths by developing critical, abstract thinking, creative ability, high problem solving skills, and positive self-concepts to enhance personal and academic success. The SMUSD GATE program modifies the core curriculum in content, process, and product to develop depth, complexity, and novelty 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 equal opportunity for all students to be screened for the GATE program. All students in third grade are given the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). Students are identified using multiple criteria: achievement data, report cards, intelligence assessment tools, classroom work products, and information from both parents and teachers.

    Each school has a site GATE Coordinator that isresponsible for identification and testing of students, working withteachers to provide materials for differentiation, holding informationnights for parents, and coordinating enrichment activities at theschool.

    Paloma's GATE program is designed to assist in meeting the unique needs of students who demonstrate superior ability. The program begins in third grade with a multiple criteria identification process. GATE students are clustered in specific classrooms in order to provide instruction that differentiates the core curriculum and provides them with advanced learning opportunities.

    San Marcos Unified Gate Program Web link - Click here