Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

Overview

Cluster/Special Day Class Comparison

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

GATE Program Facts

Cluster:
Pupils are grouped within a regular classroom setting and receive appropriately differentiated activities from the regular classroom teacher. In supplemental educational activities, the pupils use advanced materials and/or receive special opportunities from persons other than the classroom teacher."

GATE Special Day Class:
A special day class totals a minimum school day and is composed of pupils identified as gifted and talented. It is especially designed to meet the specific academic needs of GATE students for enriched or advanced instruction and is taught by a teacher who has specific preparation, experience, personal attributes, and competencies necessary for a special day class teacher of gifted children."

INSTRUCTIONAL TIME REQUIREMENT
Cluster:
A minimum of 200 minutes/week of differentiated curriculum materials is implemented for 30 weeks in the area of language arts.

GATE Special Day Class:
Differentiated curriculum is implemented fully in language arts and in all other subject areas as appropriate.

IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAM STANDARDS
Cluster:
The state required six program elements* are implemented primarily as an adjunct to the core curriculum offered to all students.

Special Day Class:
The state required six program elements* are implemented as the major requirement of the specialized program while developing the content of the core curriculum as appropriate.

*STATE REQUIRED PROGRAM ELEMENTS

1. differentiated learning opportunities
2. alternative learning environments
3. opportunities for developing sensitivity and responsibility to others
4. opportunities for developing commitment to constructive ethical standards
5. opportunities for developing problem solving abilities which cause a desire for making satisfying contributions to environment
6. opportunities for developing healthy self concepts


TEACHER REQUIREMENTS
Cluster:
Teacher must fulfill differentiated needs of a wide variety of students with varying levels of academic and intellectual ability and development. Each is encouraged through staff development to gain and refine knowledge, skills and abilities to work successfully with GATE students.

GATE Special Day Class:
Teacher must fulfill differentiated needs of a wide variety of GATE students with common intellectual ability but with varying levels of academic, social and emotional development. Each is required through staff development to gain and refine knowledge, skills, and abilities to work successfully with GATE students.

PROGRAM VISIBILITY
Cluster:
Differentiated activities are conducted as an integrated part of the regular program, and the class is not easily identifiable in all cases by GATE and Non-GATE students and parents.

GATE Special Day Class:
Differentiated activities are conducted as an integrated part of the regular program, and the class is not easily identifiable in all cases by GATE and Non-GATE students and parents.

STUDENT INTERACTION
Cluster:
GATE students are able to interact with intellectual peers in structured learning experiences at least 200 minutes/week, yet are placed with students of all levels of ability during the major portion of their school day.

GATE Special Day Class:
GATE SDC students are able to interact with chronological peers during activities such as P.E., recess/lunch, before and after school, yet have opportunities to work with intellectual peers during the major portion of their school day.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Cluster:
GATE parents are acquainted with their GATE student's differentiated program through the parent conference process, fall and spring, and may utilize any of the individual school's established strategies for parent classroom/school involvement.

GATE Special Day Class:
GATE parents are acquainted with their GATE student's differentiated program through on-going
established means of communication and are encouraged to contribute actively of their time and talents in support of the differentiated program.

PROGRAM LOGISTICS
Cluster:
Differentiated experiences are usually provided in the regular classroom or school and do not necessitate special parent support.

GATE Special Day Class:
The differentiated program is provided at a central site and parents are responsible for transportation.

Elementary School

GATE in the Elementary Schools

The Cluster enrichment program and the GATE Special Day Class are options for grades 2-6 students who have been identified for G.A.T.E. in grades 1-5. In a Cluster, GATE students in the regular classroom receive differentiated educational activities from the classroom teacher, and may participate in supplemental activities using advanced materials and/or special opportunities from persons other than the classroom teacher.

A GATE Special Day Class is composed of GATE identified students who receive a fully differentiated program. It is especially designed to meet the specific academic needs of GATE students for enriched or advanced instruction and is taught by a teacher who has specific preparation, experience, personal attributes and competencies necessary for a special day class teacher of gifted children.

Cluster classes are available at each of the K-6 elementary schools. GATE Special Day Classes are provided at central sites designated as Regional Schools.

The following list shows which K-6 elementary schools are designated as Regional Schools. The elementary schools listed under each Regional School have Cluster classes; a Regional School has regular classes as well as GATE Special Day Classes for identified students. A GATE student at a school listed under the Regional School may attend the Regional School in order to be in a GATE Special Day Class (if space is available). The District does not provide transportation to GATE Special Day Classes at the Regional Schools.

Del Cerro Regional School
Cordillera
Del Lago
GlenYermo


De Portola Regional School
Linda Vista (residences east of I-5)
Montevideo


Valencia Regional School
Linda Vista (residences west of I-5)
Lomarena

La Madera Regional School
Foothill
Gates
Lake Forest
Olivewood
Rancho Canada
San Joaquin
Santiago

Trabuco Mesa Regional School
Cielo Vista
Melinda Heights
Portola Hills
Robinson Ranch
Trabuco (Canyon)

For more information, contact the G.A.T.E. office. The phone number is 949-580-3289.

Timeline

GATE Identification Calendar

Teacher Observation

Referral list of students developed by principal and forwarded to the GATE office
Parent Permission forms sent home
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
IQ testing and achievement testing begin at the elementary schools
Testing completed in December
JANUARY
Teachers receive questionnaires for students who are being considered for further screening
Questionnaires completed and returned to the GATE Office
FEBRUARY
GATE Committee meetings
MARCH
GATE Office notifies parents of results
APRIL
Site SDC GATE Parent Meetings (optional)
Option Placement Forms due to GATE Office
Intermediate and Secondary Identification begins
MAY/JUNE
Formation of Special Day Classes/wait lists
Intermediate and Secondary Identification concludes- parents notified
AUGUST
SDC Classes finalized for September
Parents requesting SDC placement notified by mail of class/site placement
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