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Delivery Methods

GATE Information


State Approved Delivery Models

 Special Day Classes are classes of GATE students of one or more grade levels. Cluster Groupings are groups of identified GATE students within a grade level class. Enrichment programs occur before or after the regular school day.


Primary Grades K-3

There is no formal GATE program in the primary grades; however, the needs of gifted primary students are not ignored. All primary teachers are provided training in early literacy skills that focus on the learning needs of each student. Gifted students are therefore able to progress at a rate commensurate with their abilities as they develop these crucial foundational skills.


Intermediate Grades 4-6 

The formal GATE program begins in grade four. Elementary school sites develop their own programs each year, based upon the needs of the students, the available resources, and the number of GATE students.


Secondary Grades 7-12

In the middle and high schools, students have many opportunities for extended learning inherent in the schedule of classes. Many teachers provide thought-provoking and complex assignments challenging the accelerated learning needs of GATE students. At the middle school level, the annual needs assessment and school planning process may result in a variety of options, including accelerated classes during the school day and enrichment programs before and after-school. There are offerings in foreign language, mathematics, science, technology, and visual/performing arts. At Milpitas High School students can enroll in many Honors and Advanced Placement courses. There are opportunities to accelerate across multiple subject areas: English, mathematics, science, social studies, and visual/performing arts.