The Gifted and Talented Education Program is an integral part of education in La Canada Unified School District. Providing enriching educational opportunities for GATE students is a responsibility and a privilege. Addressing GATE students' academic potential both inside and outside the classroom continues to be a priority in our schools.
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LCUSD identifies gifted and talented students at the end of third grade. All students are given the opportunity to be assessed. Students who perform at the 98th and 99th percentile rank are invited to participate in the GATE program. GATE identified students make up more than 13% of the overall LCUSD student population.
The GATE Program offers students quality experiences designed to enlarge their intellectual horizons and stimulate their curiosity for learning at the highest levels. The cornerstone of the GATE Program is differentiated instruction that takes place within the classroom at all grade levels. Teachers have been trained in differentiated instructional strategies to address the learning needs of the gifted student. They strive to provide activities, projects, homework and assessments that are complex, abstract or open-ended to cause gifted students to stretch intellectually. Gifted students are sometimes provided with more interest-based assignments when they have demonstrated their proficiency in what is being studied in class. Gifted students are often asked to use higher order thinking skills such as synthesis and evaluation.
While differentiated instruction is evident at all grade levels, the GATE Program contains several other components.
GATE Components at Elementary Schools
Pull-out Program - An enrichment class taught by a credentialed GATE teacher meets 45-minutes each week beginning in mid-August. This program takes place during the instructional day. Students are pulled out of non-academic part of their school day. Grades 4, 5 and 6 have separate sessions. Students engage in interactive lessons, experiments and activities in the areas of biology, physics, chemistry, social influences, etc. They also set goals and gain insight about their learning styles.
GATE Components at LCHS 7/8
After School GATE Gatherings - Students have the opportunity to meet as a cohort once a month after school to listen to guest speakers and participate in project-based learning. LCHS 7/8 teachers facilitate these sessions.
GATE Components at the High School
AP American History
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
AP English Language
AP English Literature
AP Environmental Science
AP European History
AP Music Theory