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CUSD Gifted & Advanced Learners

Capistrano Unified School District

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The CUSD GATE program has an unwavering commitment to provide gifted students with an instructional program that meets their unique and diverse educational needs so that all students are challenged to reach their full potential.  The program is based on current research and best practice in order to maximize student academic growth, recognize and enhance individual strengths, and nurture social and emotional development

Each CUSD Elementary School Provides cluster classes for GATE identified students in grades 4 and 5.  GATE cluster classrooms include a small group of GATE students within a mixed ability general education classroom.  This model allows the classroom teacher to more effectively differentiate instruction.  It also provides opportunities for these students to interact with both their intellectual and same age peers.

Teachers of gifted learners are provided with professional learning opportunities specific to meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted and advanced learners.  Teachers of GATE students assess each student’s skill level and make adjustments to instruction and curriculum to meet individual needs.  Students participating in GATE cluster groups receive differentiated instructional opportunities.  Differentiated instruction is provided within the school day and in the general education classroom through the use of flexible groupings, supplemental materials, and varied learning activities.  Differentiation is not accomplished by assigning GATE students more homework or special at-home projects.

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 19-20 school year by early-mid May 2019. Information will also be posted on middle school websites. Middle school academic advisors facilitate accelerated course placement for all students.

CUSD High Schools offer comprehensive programs that include a variety of options for advanced learners.  Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Honors, College Preparatory, Career and Technical, Elective, Athletic, Art and Club program options are available.  GATE identification is not required to access any High School course option.

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