Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) is a district program with a focus on the identification of students who are gifted (grades 3-5 elementary schools) and meeting their needs through specialized curriculum resources, instructional strategies, and teacher training.
For questions regarding GATE specifically, please email our GATE Facilitator, Ms. Shawn Kivley, at the email link provided on this page. If you have questions about one of our Academy for Advanced Learning schools, often referred to as GATE academies, please contact the specific school using one of the links below. Thank you!
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GATE testing has concluded for this school year, 2021-2022. Next year we should be back to our regular testing schedule. All 3rd grade students will be tested and all 4th & 5th grade students who are new to our district. The information will be updated next fall once our testing department sets the schedule. The test we use is a nonverbal, culturally neutral assessment, which is accepted as being well suited for identifying gifted and talented students. The only preparation needed is a good night's sleep and a good breakfast.
PLEASE NOTE: If your child has qualified for GATE, your child will be supported in his / her current classroom. Additionally, this does not guarantee admission to one of our academy schools. ALL academies have an application process that will require parents to contact the schools individually. Each school will update their website with application information as needed.
GATE Parent Night: If you have had a child designated as gifted in our district this school year, we are offering a New to GATE parent night, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 5:30PM - 6:30PM. This meeting will be virtual and a link will be sent from our GATE Facilitator, Ms. Shawn Kivley the afternoon of March 1, 2022. Ms. Kivley will send out an initial meeting notice by Friday, Feb. 25. If you have not recieved this email by then, please reach out to the GATE office. This night will be to support you as the parent of a gifted child.
PLEASE NOTE: school site principals will not be at this meeting.
Academies for Advanced Learning & STEM Academy:
Academy Applications: The application process is complete. No more applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 school year. Assessment for academy acceptance/enrollment will be conducted by each school site and those sites will contact parents once assessments are scored and results are finalized. Please grant the school sites grace and patience as this can be a taxing process.
For all Academy questions, please contact the specific schools by clicking the links below. The GATE Department does not handle academy applications and enrollment. Each school site processes independently.
STEM Academy Applications:
If you have questions about the STEM Academy specifically, please contact the school directly through the link below.
Check back often as we update and expand upon this site.