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Current 2016-2017 CUSD GATE Programs


CUSD Differentiated General Curriculum for Students who are Identified


  • Elementary School: Elementary students (fourth and fifth grade only) who are identified may be strategically cluster grouped with other students who are identified and/or students who are high performing in the regular classroom setting.


  • Middle School: Middle school students who are identified as GATE will be placed in accelerated language arts and social science classes with other students who meet the accelerated course performance criteria.  All 6-8th grade students may also be placed in an accelerated mathematics class if they meet the District’s placement criteria as determined by the CUSD math placement assessment.  For the specific criteria for accelerated 6-8th grade courses, please contact your child's academic advisor at his/her middle school. Academic Advisors will have placement criteria for the 17-18 school year by early-mid May 2017. Information will also be posted on middle school websites. Middle school academic advisors facilitate accelerated course placement for all students.


  • High School: High School students who are identified will be placed in accelerated, Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes if they meet the District’s placement criteria for those classes. For the specific criteria for accelerated, AP and/or IB classes, please contact your child's academic advisor at his/her high school.



During the 16-17 school year CUSD collaborated with the GATE/High Performing Advisory Group as well as GATE Coordinators and is excited to continue this work with the Hanover Evaluation Research Group. We will take a close look at our current GATE program as well as examine future learning opportunities for GATE and high performing students via:


  • survey data
  • literature review
  • reviewing various program models
  • data analysis


The anticipated completion date of the evaluation report is August/September 2017. We look forward to sharing the results with all stakeholders.




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