Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The GATE program supports 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.

Curriculum modification to provide

depth, novelty and complexity

  • Interdisciplinary teaming in English and History
  • Structured discussions, such as Socratic Seminars, allow for examination of differing points of view and optimize critical thinking skills
  • Levels of thinking based upon Bloom and Costa; especially evaluation, synthesis and analysis
  • Document Based Questions (Primary source analysis and analytical writing)
  • Technology infused standards-based curricula supporting critical thinking
  • Interactive classroom environment promoting student independence
  • Problem-based learning, project-based learning

iMiddle's GATE/Seminar Courses:

Programs Offered

Cluster and Seminar: iMiddle offers GATE cluster/seminar classes at all grade levels for English and History. Students who are certified GATE cluster or seminar by the district will be placed in these classes.

High achievers who are not GATE certified may also be placed in a cluster/seminar class pending multiple factors, including space available, teacher recommendations, past academic performance in class and on standardized tests, and consistency of effort and achievement over the previous three years. Please contact the school counselor GATE team lead teacher, Kate Little, at [email protected], for more information.


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