What is GATE?

The Anaheim Elementary School District Gifted and Talented Education Program is designed to meet the needs of those children who demonstrate the potential for advanced thinking and scholarship. AESD’s GATE Program is intended to nurture gifted students’ special talents, abilities, and interests, and to extend their educational experiences so that they may reach their fullest potential.

Students who have been identified as meeting the district criteria are invited to participate in the GATE Program. Students in grades 3-6 are currently served in cluster groups. Informally identified K-2 students will be challenged through cluster groupings in the regular education classroom. Equal opportunity to be identified is provided to all students.

Acceleration, Depth, Complexity and Novelty

Advanced and gifted learners will show mastery in the California State Academic GATE Standards that are applied to district core curriculum.  The gate standards of acceleration, depth, complexity and novelty enable students to explore all content areas with more depth and greater complexity.  Elements of gate standards such as Language of the Discipline, Details, Patterns, Rules, Trends, Unanswered Questions, Ethics, Big Idea, Changes Over Time, Multiple Perspectives, and Relationships Across Disciplines support thinking processes, elevate/extend learning, and build language competency.

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GATE Program Goals

AESD’s GATE Program provides differentiated instruction that allows students to foster:

  • Intellectual Ability: Develop higher level thinking skills, Explore complex and abstract concepts, Develop digital citizenship and competency
  • Creative Ability: Produce unique solutions to problems, Overcome obstacles by building unusual relationships between ideas, Become enriched in areas of special interest and content
  • High Achievement: Help students reach higher levels of academic achievement, Expand and apply knowledge, creativity, and technology skills, Extend beyond the core curriculum
  • Visual and Performing Arts Talent: Foster the appreciation for musical and performing arts as well as cultural experiences through our award-winning music program
  • Leadership Ability: Gain leadership skills that reflect effective communication, interpersonal skills, sensitivity toward others, teamwork, collaboration; Build lifelong skills for organizational ability and convincing presentation of ideas

GATE Testing

Parents may request testing for students who will be in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the Fall of 2020.  Testing will take place in October of 2020.  Completion of this form indicates that parents give consent for their student to be tested for the GATE Program. Results of GATE Testing will be sent home with your child in January of 2021 after testing. Students who qualify will have the option to be placed in a GATE Class in the following school year. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher, School Psychologist, or the GATE Office at 714-517-7530.

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GATE Was Last Modified: August 27, 2020