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Gifted And Talented Education (GATE)

Welcome to Gifted & Talented Education

The Redlands Unified School District offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program for eligible students in grades 3, 4, and 5. This program is designed to meet the needs of high-ability and intellectually gifted students who are among the top three to five percent of students nationwide.

GATE Program Mission Statement

We, the Governing Board, teachers, support staff, and administrators of the Redlands Unified School District, believe that students with high ability and talents should be nurtured and encouraged throughout their educational careers. We further believe that in order to meet the needs of our gifted and talented students, programs must be established at all schools to permit these students to work together, under the guidance of trained teachers, in an atmosphere that is academically rigorous. The core curriculum is the foundation for the differentiated instruction and methodologies used. Students will be permitted to work at an accelerated pace, deal with complex, in-depth subject matter, and demonstrate their talents in creative and unique ways. Finally, we believe that gifted education should be an integral part of every school day for every gifted child.

Students are identified for the GATE program during their 3rd grade year through multiple measures including performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test, CAASPP (SBAC), and classroom functioning.  Students who qualify for the GATE program are placed with a GATE-certified teacher in 4th and 5th grade.  They work with the standard curriculum with added focus in the following areas: acceleration/pacing (moving faster when appropriate and given credit for what they already know), depth (opportunities for study of certain topics in greater depth to develop expertise), complexity (opportunities to make meaningful connections between curricular areas), and novelty (opportunites to share their knowledge in creative ways that highlight talents).

In addition, 4th and 5th graders who have been GATE-identified have the opportunity to attend RUSD's AstroCamp Field Trip.