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 capacity for high levels of thinking and/or scholastic achievement. 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.

Nurture gifted students’ special talents, abilities, and interests

Students who have been identified as meeting the district criteria are invited to participate in the GATE Program. Students in grades 3-6 are served in self-contained classrooms and 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.

Thinking Prompts of Depth and Complexity

Students in GATE Classes will show mastery in understanding and utilizing the eleven Thinking Prompts of Depth and Complexity designed by Sandra Kaplan from USC. The Thinking Prompts enable students to explore all content areas with more depth and with greater complexity. The prompts include Language of the Discipline, Details, Patterns, Rules, Trends, Unanswered Questions, Ethics, Big Idea, Changes Over Time, Multiple Perspectives, and Relationships Across Disciplines.

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GATE Program Goals

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

  • Develop higher level thinking skills
  • Think and reason critically and effectively
  • Explore complex and abstract concepts
  • Help students reach higher levels of academic achievement
  • Expand and apply knowledge, creativity, and technology skills
  • Extend beyond the core curriculum
  • Foster the appreciation for classical/cultural experiences
  • Become enriched in areas of special interest and content
  • Gain leadership skills that reflect:
    • Effective communication
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Sensitivity toward others/respect
    • Teamwork
    • Collaboration
  • Develop computer and technology awareness
  • Attain the skills necessary for lifelong success, including:
    • Organizational ability
    • Ability to present ideas convincingly

GATE Testing

Parents may request that a child in grades 2-4 be tested for GATE. Testing will take place in the Fall (September and October) of 2017. 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 2018. Students who qualify will be placed in a GATE Class in the 2018-19 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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