Gifted & Talented Education

  • Identification


    A universal screener is given to all 2nd grade students as well as 3rd-5th grade students who are new to the district.

    • Students who obtain the necessary score on the screener, are at or above the 97thpercentile on STAR, or are recommended by either the classroom or GATE teacher will take the full CogAT.
    • Students who obtain the necessary score on the reading or math portion of the CogAT may receive GATE services.

    STAR Scores

    • Students at or above the 97th percentile on STAR may receive GATE services.
    • Students 30 percentile points or above their class average may receive enrichment services from the GATE teacher.

    Teacher Recommendation

    • Students performing well above the class average may be considered for enrichment services from the GATE teacher with supporting data.

    Determination for GATE Services

    GATE teachers will look at the full CogAT score, STAR scores, and teacher recommendations to triangulate the information to match student needs with the services and units provided.

    GATE teachers will communicate with classroom teachers to ensure classroom work continues to support the need for GATE services.

    Families may elect to have a student “opt-out” of the GATE program as desired. Learners in the GATE program are expected to maintain proficient or advanced scores in academics. Learners who are achieving scores that are novice or approaching in academics or the approaches may no longer participate in GATE as deemed appropriate through the collaboration of the GATE and classroom teacher.

    Learners who do not qualify for GATE services may participate in enrichment opportunities. Learners may be reassessed with the CogAT screener as needed or requested in subsequent years.


    All learners in K & 1 will receive one or two "push in" lessons from the GATE teacher in the fall of the year, allowing grade level classroom teachers to observe student responses and to encourage critical thinking for all students.

    Learners in grades K & 1 may be pulled for select enrichment sessions with the GATE teacher based on test data and teacher recommendations.

    Enrichment opportunities are also available for all learners in the core curriculum with targeted opportunities for high-achieving learners that take learning deeper and demonstrate advanced skills through higher-level thinking.


    Our gifted education teachers work with qualified students during a 40-minute block for two out of six days in math/science and one out of six days in reading/writing. Students are scheduled to receive GATE services during guided or independent practice, not during core instruction.


    GATE services provide systematic programming that emphasizes depth and complexity, while making meaningful connections between the GATE room and the general classroom curriculum. GATE services match high-level students’ general abilities and talents with tasks that expose and engage them with high levels of critical thinking.

    ELA services focus on literary analysis with an application to various writing genres. Students learn about and use specific thinking skills and engage in analysis of literary works and primary source documents to gain an understanding of complex systems and concepts.

    STEM services focus on fostering inquiry and engaging students in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication through various mathematical contexts. Students dive deeper into mathematics and work to further develop their reasoning abilities and solving problems in the same ways that practicing mathematicians do.

    For more information, please contact the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Heather Sand, at

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