What is Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)?
The purpose of the GATE Program is to meet the intellectual and social needs of identified gifted students. GATE students are brought together to work with others of like ability in an environment that reinforces positive self-image, cooperation and collaboration, self-direction and an appreciation for learning as students develop their gifts and talents.
How do children get into a GATE Program?
- The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2), a non-verbal and culture fair assessment of intellectual ability, is administered to all 3rd grade students.
- Nominations from teachers and parents at any time in a child’s school career.
- Standardized, Norm Referenced Tests, i.e. STAR testing.
What are the GATE Program options for students within Lodi Unified School District?
- GATE Self Contained classes for grades 4, 5, and 6 at John Muir, Vinewood, and Elkhorn school sites
- GATE Clusters of students in grades 4-6 at all elementary schools
- GATE Self Contained classes for grades 7 and 8 at Elkhorn Middle School and Pre AP (Advanced Placement) classes available at all middle schools
- For high school students, there are honors level courses, Advanced Placement courses, various special interest academies, and organized academic competitions.
Does a student have a better chance of attending Elkhorn Middle School if he/she attends Elkhorn Elementary School?
No, all GATE identified students are eligible to enter a lottery for the seats at Elkhorn Middle School. Students who attend the district cluster classes at their home school have the same chance to attend Elkhorn Middle School as those students who attend the SDC GATE classes for elementary school.
Do children in the GATE Program have more homework than other children?
The amount of homework in any class differs from student-to-student as children work at different speeds and varying levels of intensity. Children in the GATE Program may be expected to do different (more in depth) homework assignments, but usually are not expected to spend more time on homework than any other child.
Is there bus transportation for GATE children to attend John Muir, Vinewood, or Elkhorn School?
No, the district is no longer able to provide bus transportation.
Who do you contact if you need help in making a decision about your child’s qualifications or participation in the Lodi Unified School District’s GATE Program?
- Talk to your child’s classroom teacher.
- Talk to your school’s GATE Instructional Coach.
- Call the GATE Office at 331-7406.