Placement is based on the assessed needs of the student and is periodically reviewed.
- The identification process is specific in terms of the student’s needs and areas of giftedness. Program options are discussed by the GIT and described on the back of the yellow Identification Folder.
- Twice annual parent-teacher-student conferences at the elementary schools allow for continued evaluation of the student’s program. This conference is the time when teachers, students, and parents discuss individual needs and abilities and set specific goals for children. Teachers, parents and students all formulate both academic and personal goals for the GATE student. Extensions and independent study projects are discussed, as well as the progress towards achieving (and/or exceeding) grade level standards. Appropriate growth for a student is defined as moving them at least a year ahead of their individual start-point at the beginning of the academic year.
- At the middle school level, parents’ signatures are required to indicate their children’s participation in compacted/challenge work.
- Once identified, a student remains in the GATE program while in the district.
- If an identified student is not meeting expectations, our teachers may refer students to trained counseling staff or other appropriate services following discussion with the student’s parents.
- Our program recognizes the needs of multi-exceptional students and correlates service options.
- Only parents may formally withdraw a student from GATE. If specific problems arise with a student in the GATE program, several intervention strategies are available: Modification of curriculum or style of instruction, referral to school counselors, Student Study Team referral, and 504 Team evaluation. A specific plan will be made to address the particular need in the context of the child’s giftedness. Communication and involvement with parents about the issue is ongoing.