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GATE identified Elementary students will:

  • Be strategically cluster grouped with other students who are identified and/or students who are high achieving in the regular classroom setting
  • Work toward meeting or exceeding the California grade level standards in all curriculum areas

GATE Middle School students will:

  • Be placed in accelerated classes for language arts and social science with other students who are identified and students who meet the performance criteria
  • Be placed in accelerated mathematics classes based on District math placement criteria
  • Work toward meeting or exceeding the California grade level standards in all curriculum areas
  • Current fifth graders (2017-2018) will be placed into accelerated language arts and social science courses in the 2018-2019 school year thru 8th grade. 

High School students who are identified will:

  • Be appropriately placed in Accelerated, Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes
  • Work toward meeting or exceeding the California grade level standards in all content areas
  • Please note that GATE identification does not automatically place a student in Accelerated, AP, or IB at the HS level

Teachers who instruct students who are identified at all grade levels will:

  • Utilize a variety of student assessment and data to carefully plan and monitor instruction
  • Implement a variety of instructional models to provide appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of learners who are gifted
  • Be encouraged to attend professional development workshops provided by CUSD Educational Services personnel  or other educational institutions

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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