The purpose of the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) is to meet the intellectual needs of identified gifted children within the Lodi Unified School District. GATE begins in 4th grade, providing program choices to best meet the individual needs of the the students. The GATE program offers students the ability to stay at their home school and be placed in a GATE cluster class or opt to be part of the lottery for a spot at one of the self-contained GATE classes offered at John Muir, Vinewood, or Elkhorn School.
Gifted instructional strategies include differentiated instruction that provides rigor and depth in learning. Students often participate in cooperative learning groups working together to solve complex problems. The curriculum is compacted and accelerated providing pacing that meets the needs of gifted learners. Project-based and problem-based learning is a key component in GATE classrooms. Students are expected to be active participants in the learning process, both individually and as a team member.