Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
The purpose of GATE is to provide differentiated learning experiences for students who have been identified as gifted and talented. Research shows that specialized instructional strategies, along with opportunities for gifted students to interact with each other on a daily basis, yield higher academic performance as well as improved social and emotional well-being.
Each elementary school serves GATE students through a classroom cluster model. Gifted students are grouped in a mixed-ability classroom which is taught by a teacher trained to use specialized instructional strategies for high-ability learners. The cluster model provides opportunities for enrichment for gifted students who challenge themselves academically, engage in analysis that is more advanced than the typical elementary student, and interact with peers with similar abilities.