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