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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

It is the philosophy of the Moreland School District to provide a rigorous curriculum within an academic setting that nurtures the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of our gifted population. GATE students are challenged in their regular classroom through differentiated instruction. The goals of Gifted and Talented Education can be defined as follows:
  • To equip each student with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a life-long learner.
  • To stimulate independent decision making.
  • To encourage students to become a contributing citizen leading a productive and personally satisfying life.
  • To provide a standards-based curriculum that allows gifted students to develop higher level thinking skills by delving deeper into the content.
  • To provide an environment that cultivates and supports all learning, intellectual, creative, and social.
  • To develop and support a home/school partnership that facilitates advancement for all, by providing services for GATE families at all sites. The district office will ensure our teachers are trained and ready to meet the challenges of teaching the gifted in the regular classroom by a strong district-wide professional development program.
Throughout the year, there are opportunities for GATE students to participate in after-school GATE enrichment classes and the annual GATE Faire.

GATE Identification

The GATE identification process uses multiple measures of students’ academic and intellectual ability.  All students in 3rd grade, or new to the district in 4th through 7th grade, are tested in the spring using the Naglieri Non-verbal Ability Test.  This assessment along with CELDT, Lexile, MARS, teacher survey, and the district writing assessment are weighted to determine qualification.  

For more information on GATE identification, Parent Recommendation and Checklists please refer to the district site at