Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I learn more about the GATE program in the Glendora School District?
ï¼ Browse our website: http://www.glendora.k12.ca.us
ï¼ Attend the Annual Parent Night in September
ï¼ Pick up a GATE brochure located at all GUSD school sites
ï¼ Contact the GATE Coordinator at 963-1611 extension 370
2. What is the advantage of being labeled gifted?
Students who are identified as gifted are clustered with other GATE students at the elementary and middle school levels. In these classes, teachers not only enrich or extend learning, but they also recognize and address the unique abilities and social-emotional needs of the gifted student through differentiated instruction. Teachers who instruct the GATE students in grades 3-8 have completed a five day training with John DeLantsheer regarding gifted education. At the high school level, gifted students are able to enroll in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and can earn college credit in high school depending upon their scores on the AP exams in the spring.
Some programs and activities are offered exclusively to students who have been identified as gifted such as Saturday and after school workshops, field trips, family events and summer enrichment activities.
The GATE Coordinator also acts as another advocate for these students.
3. How can a child be referred to the GATE Program?
The person making the referral can contact the school's principal or the GATE Coordinator and complete a Gifted Program Nomination Form. Forms are returned to the GATE Office at the School District.
A child may be referred by a teacher, parent, or a school official.
Referrals are accepted until January 17, 2014 for grades two through five. Referrals are ongoing for grades six through twelve.
4. When does the district test for the GATE program?
For grades two through five, testing occurs in the spring to ensure that gifted students are identified and clustered for the following year. In grades six through twelve, testing occurs following a referral from a parent, teacher or administrator.
5. Can my student be retested if he/she doesn’t qualify?
Yes! A student may be retested once each year if the Nomination Form is completed and sent to the district.
6. How do I know if my child is gifted?
Though there are many characteristics of gifted students, Dr. Diane Heacox has listed the most common qualities in her book, Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom. Janice Szabos also has composed a list that may be of help to you when distinguishing between a bright versus a gifted child,
7. What is differentiated instruction?
Though the definition of differentiation instruction has been debated, defined and redefined, the generally accepted definition is modified instruction in which the teacher adapts the pace, level or kind of instruction to meet the potential of the student’s ability. Through depth, complexity, acceleration and novelty, the teacher can increase the rigor of a lesson for the gifted student, thus “differentiating” the lesson in a regular classroom setting. This type of instruction generally occurs in kindergarten through eighth grades.
At the high school level, gifted students are offered the opportunity to enroll in honors and Advanced Placement courses in which the whole class is engaging in lessons that are accelerated or complex.