In accordance with the Board’s philosophy to develop the special abilities of each student, the Huntington Beach City School District has provided a program in Gifted and Talented Education for qualified students since 1971. Students in grades two through five are offered the option of a “cluster” program in their own school, or the “centered” program at Peterson Elementary School. Parents may choose the cluster or the centered program.
The centered program offers uniquely appropriate units of study beyond the regular curriculum. Students are grouped by grade level and receive differentiated instruction in all curricular areas. In the cluster program, students attend their neighborhood school and are grouped by grade level within a specific class. Instruction is differentiated using depth, complexity, acceleration and enrichment. Students enrolled in the GATE program are expected to complete projects and reports that reflect higher level thinking skills.
Identified students in grades six, seven and eight, are placed in the GATE language arts and social studies classes at both Dwyer and Sowers middle schools. Advanced skills are learned through curriculum units in research, science fiction, literature appreciation, speech and debate, study of comparative cultures, and the Renaissance. Leadership abilities, critical thinking processes, and sensitivity to the needs of others are emphasized throughout the program.
Membership in the Parent Advisory Committee is automatic to all parents whose children attend the GATE program. Meetings are held throughout the year and all parents are invited to attend.
Gate Testing Calendar 2012-13