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 at each of our elementary schools.
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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This fall, 2022, the testing department will test all 3rd grade students and all 4th & 5th grade students who are new to our district. Testing information will arrive at school sites by Oct. 2022. You will not need to return any forms unless you want to have your child not take the test. In this case, you will return the "opt out" form. This test will be done during the school day by our testing department. 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 does qualify 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.
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.
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