Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.)
Normandy Schools Collaborative offers the Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) program at the elementary and middle school levels. GATE is a state-approved, interest-driven, project-based curriculum for students functioning in the gifted range who are at least two grade levels ahead of their peers. GATE expands critical thinking skills through Novel Engineering projects that incorporate literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities. The program also focuses on high levels of math such as algebra, geometry, and calculus.
The following criteria is used to determine student eligibility for the program: teacher or parent referral to the school CARE team, Intelligence test (IQ) score, Achievement test score, as well as proficient or advanced MAP scores.
Prospective students (with parental/guardian consent) meet with a certified assessment team which includes certified psychological examiners. Once selected for the program, gifted students are “pulled out” of the general classroom for one-on-one instruction with a small group of other gifted students twice a week, for two-hour sessions. For more information, see the documents below.