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VUSD GATE Program

What is GATE?

GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education. The Mission of the GATE program is to provide an enriched and differentiated curriculum and appropriate learning experiences for identified gifted and talented students. Standards-based curriculum supported with the elements of depth, complexity, novelty and acceleration ensure that students are provided with challenging learning experiences. Through a differentiated approach, students will develop their intellectual, emotional, creative and social gifts to the fullest.

The focus of our elementary GATE services starts in the regular classroom. The elementary GATE Program at VUSD is implemented in the form of cluster groupings and enrichment activities. Cluster groupings are groups of identified GATE students within a regular classroom. Gifted students will be offered challenging & enriching activities commensurate with their abilities by their classroom teacher. Enrichment programs occur after the school day and on weekends.

GATE Admission & Resources

Students referred in grades 2-6  for testing are assessed utilizing the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test  [Version 2] this year.

The NNAT2 [Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test] is a brief, culture fair and nonverbal measure of intellectual ability. The assessment consists of 48 questions that rely upon reasoning using figural designs, not upon verbal skills. The ‘problems’ are challenges in Pattern Completion [PC]; Reasoning by Analogy [RA]; Serial Reasoning [SR]; and Spatial Visualization [SV]. For more information and to view sample test questions, click here.

NOTE: Standards of qualification via Intellectual Ability [NNAT2] and/or Academic Achievement will be modified to show exemplary academic success for the next year as a direct result of sunset of California Standards Testing [CST] in 2013.

 

Websites Worth a Look

www.solanolibrary.com - Visit the Library and its numerous educational resources and activities!

http://www.animoto.com - Make your own videos in minutes

https://diy.org/- Challenge yourself to 'design it yourself' !

http://www.sumdog.com/ - Exciting math games for all level of learners

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/48-summer-websites-kids-teachers-keith-ferrell - Check out Edutopia !

www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html - NASA's awesome, interactive site for kids!

www.aplusmath.com - A site developed to help students improve their math skills interactively

www.fleurdelis.com/meanings.htm - ‘ShakespeareGATE ‘ website to explore family crests

www.hoagiesgifted.org/art_theater.htm#origami-   Multiple topics from origami, to reading lists...

www.exploratorium.edu/music/index.html

www.m-w.com -Merriam-Webster online dictionary, thesaurus and more

www.bigbrainz.com - Math skill-set building

www.arcademicskillbuilders.com – Fun, games and learning

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Contact Us

Ryan Galles

GATE Coordinator

(707) 453-6142

Ryang@vacavilleusd.org

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