Students with advanced cognitive abilities need programs and instruction that differs from the norm in order to maximize their development. The GATE Program includes appropriate and regularly differentiated curricula (math and/or language arts), instruction, and experiences in the area(s) in which the child demonstrates advanced development and related cognitive and affective needs.
The GATE Program is aimed at identifying and serving children who demonstrate advanced skill in language arts and mathematics and who need differentiated instruction in order to improve their chances for maximizing potential. Differentiated instruction systematically incorporates thinking at deep and complex levels and helps students to develop a broad knowledge base. It also encourages the development of research skills and real-world products as learning outcomes. Differentiated instruction may also be delivered at a pace faster than normal.
Students are clustered in groups of 5-6 or more within a regular classroom where they receive differentiated instruction. They are encouraged to become self-motivated, lifelong learners who are equipped to initiate, engage in, and reflect upon independent and group learning.
The social and emotional well-being of students is also addressed by teachers who are trained to understand the unique needs of gifted children.
The GATE Program is offered in every school in the Hawthorne School District.