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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 Department can be defined as follows:
  • To equip each student with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a lifelong learner.
  • To stimulate independent decision making.
  • To encourage students to become contributing citizens leading productive and personally satisfying lives.
  • 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.
  • To ensure our teachers are trained and ready to meet the challenges of teaching the gifted.
Throughout the year, we provide multiple opportunities for GATE students to participate in after school enrichment classes and the annual GATE Fair.

GATE Identification Process

The GATE identification process uses multiple measures of students’ academic and intellectual ability.  All students in 3rd grade, and those new to the district in 4th through 7th grades, are tested in the Spring using the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT2). This assessment, along with the Smarter Balance Assessments (ELA and Math), District Writing Assessment, California English Language Development Test (CELDT), Lexile Level (reading fluency), and Teacher Survey of Gifted Characteristics, are weighted to determine qualification.  
Parent Recommendation Process
Moreland parents are welcome to recommend their children for the GATE program using the Parent Recommendation Process. This process is open to parents of children in grades 4 through 7 who did not meet the district criteria for GATE identification. For more information about the Parent Recommendation Process, please see the documents below.
For more information about GATE in the Moreland School District, please contact:
Seema Salgaonkar
Teacher on Special Assignment
GATE Certified Teacher, College of William and Mary
(408) 874-2982