What is GATE?
the mission of the Dixie School District to provide a kindergarten
through eighth grade system of education which will graduate students
with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to live rewarding
and productive lives in a rapidly changing world.
are committed to a school environment that fosters excellence and the
achievement of one’s potential. It is this belief in the possibility of
individual excellence and unique achievement – and the school’s
responsibility for fostering both – that is the basis of Dixie School
District's GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program.
The Dixie District’s GATE
program goals are to:
Identify high achieving students, including those from diverse racial,
socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, and provide
opportunities for differentiated learning that meet the students’
particular abilities and talents.
Redesign curriculum to address the individual characteristics, needs,
abilities, and interests of the high achieving student (differentiation
of depth, complexity, and novelty).
Provide staff training and learning opportunities which enhance both
curriculum and instructional programs in ways that meet the needs of
Provide opportunities for highly capable students to work in
homogeneous, heterogeneous, and individual instructional settings
(part-time grouping, enrichment activities, acceleration).
Develop in each gifted student responsibility and sensitivity towards
Develop in each gifted student the ability to recognize, integrate, and
utilize his/her potential.
Encourage family and community participation in services for gifted and
The Dixie District
GATE program serves students in grades 4-8 and its structure consists of
three primary components. In the first component, throughout the school
year, teachers provide each GATE student with uniquely appropriate
opportunities suited to his/her individual talents and abilities. In the
second component, GATE students are served after school and/or on
weekends by participating in activities called “Dixie School District
Discovery Days." The third components, “School Clubs” and “Odyssey
of the Mind,” are extra activities that are offered at some of our
schools at various times. Students have a choice to participate in
these activities on regular school days or after school. Parents are
encouraged to take advantage of all the community resources available to
enrich their student/s.
programs are those which modify or adjust content, process, products,
and learning environment in ways which build and extend the special
characteristics of gifted students. The content (what is taught)
is more abstract, complex, and varied. The processes include
those which develop higher-level thought; allow for open-endedness,
discovery, and freedom of choice; encourage group interaction and proof
of reasoning; or are varied both in kind and pacing. Student products
involve real problems presented to real audiences. The district is
committed to offering training to teachers on an ongoing basis to ensure
that teachers are well versed in differentiated instruction.
“Discovery Days” is a
program providing introductory and/or extended instruction and
enrichment experience in a variety of curriculum areas such as: Math,
Science, Language Arts, Writing, Technology, Listening and Speaking,
Visual and Performing Arts. Each year a “Discovery Days” brochure
is published which details course options and their times and dates. “Discovery
Days” activities are offered after school or on weekends and are
open for elementary and middle school GATE students.
Screening and Identification of GATE Students
The process of identification
of gifted and talented students in the Dixie School District is
ongoing. Most nominations take place in the elementary grades
(beginning in 3rd grade), although new students at any grade
level may be referred.
Pupils may be nominated for
screening by a teacher, principal, parent, counselor, self, or GATE
The GATE screening process is
based on multiple criteria, including the California Standards Tests
(CST), and scores in total Mathematics and total English-Language Arts.
In addition, Dixie School District tests students with the Otis Lennon
School Ability Test (OLSAT). The Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)
is administered in spring to all nominated students. Parent permission
is needed for testing.
placement is determined by members of the Dixie District administrative
team. For each nomination, the committee reviews a student profile
including the multiple criteria mentioned above.