Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program supports unique opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving pupils who are identified as gifted and talented. By state definition, gifted students are pupils who possess a capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers. This capacity includes many and varied characteristics that require modifications of curriculum and instruction. These modifications form the basis of gifted and talented educational services.
The San Diego Unified School District serves the gifted students within the district through two options:
1. The Seminar program for the highly gifted and,
2. The Cluster program for gifted and high ability students.
San Diego Unified School District is committed to a school environment that fosters achievement and the realization of each student's potential. This belief in the possibility of individual excellence and unique achievement and belief in the school's responsibility for fostering both is the basis of the GATE program.
All San Diego Unified GATE students will graduate with the habits of mind to become lifelong scholars, critical thinkers, innovators, leaders, and global citizens.
GATE at Lewis Middle School
The mission of Lewis Middle School is to prepare our students academically and socially for high school and beyond. Lewis Middle School implements the District's GATE Cluster Model B which comprises of 25% minimum GATE identifies students in English and History classes, with the remainder of the class reflecting the diversity of our school. this provides all students with classrooms that are engaging, full of depth, complexity and challenge, in all content areas. All Lewis' teachers hold GATE certification and provide the differentiation needed for student success.
Criteria For Placement in Seminar (Grades 6-8)
Students who are NOT identified as Seminar through district testing may still be placed into Seminar classes by the following criteria. Placement is NOT automatic and is based on space available. Placements are made on a year-to-year basis.
Recommended Reading for Cluster/Seminar Parents
Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good
Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism
For Gifted Students and Their Parents
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook
Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers
Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works
News, Events and Announcements (Fall-
Nov. 18 GATE District Advisory Committee featuring Supt. Cindy Marten – Supt. Marten will speak about her vision and plans for GATE at the GATE DAC meeting to be held at the Ballard Auditorium, 2375 Congress St., from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. Babysitting and translation will be provided. All staff and parents interested in GATE education are invited.
GATE PD Dec. 11-12 – “Incorporating Creativity into your Everyday Classroom, “ featuring Dr. Ron Beghetto, is now available for registration on ERO. Back by popular demand, Dr. Beghetto will repeat his delightful presentation on how to tweak your curriculum to incorporate more creativity. The course will take place at the New Children’s Museum andsubstitutes will be provided. Space is limited and the course is most suited to K-8 teachers. GATE Certification credit is offered if needed. (flyer attached)
GATE Distinguished Lecture Series – Our Lecture Series is alive, well, and free to all staff and parents. We offer four meaningful and interesting topics this year (see attached flyers). The first of these lectures occurs on Dec. 11when Dr. Ron Beghetto will give tips to foster creativity in our students to our entire GATE community. Don’t miss his talk, especially if you are unable to attend his 1-1/2 day training. Additional lectures feature top experts in gifted education including Dr. Sandra Kaplan and Dr. Richard Cash.