The Walnut Valley Unified School District believes that all children, including the Gifted and Talented students, should be given the opportunity to learn new and challenging material. A rigorous curriculum is offered during the school day through differentiated instruction in all subject areas. We believe that flexible grouping provides opportunities for the students to interact with their intellectual peers and provides for continuous intellectual growth.
Teachers of GATE children receive training to provide quality education for all students and to focus on the development of the highest potential for each child. Each child's success is our top priority.
GATE Identification Process
- WVUSD uses multiple measures to designate our GATE students.
- GATE students must score in the Exceeds Expectations (4) range in both the ELA and Math SBAC tests for two years in a row.
- Newly identified students will receive a permission form in the mail that must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the WVUSD district office.
- Once in GATE, students stay in GATE unless parents request removal from the program.
District Transfer Students
- During registration, submit a copy of your student’s official GATE forms/letters from your previous school district to the Chaparral office.
- Identified students will receive a permission form in the mail that must be signed by a parent/guardian and mailed back to the WVUSD district office.
Announcements and After-School GATE Classes
- Enrichment classes are available during spring semester
- These classes are optional, and the offerings may change from year to year
- GATE students should listen to all announcements in their Advocacy classes and on CCNN for more information on the enrollment schedule
- GATE students need to work to their potential
- Choose assignments that challenge the mind
- Complete quality work on time
- Maintain grades that indicate the student is working at his/her full potential
- Assume leadership roles
- Realize that we control our own destiny
GATE in High School
- ALL students must test to be placed into the Honors/AP courses in high school and maintain a certain grade (85%) in those classes. GATE identification does not apply to Honors/AP class placement.
Encourage your child to work to their full potential!
- Student achievement, not GATE designation, ensures success.
- Many students not identified as GATE will place into higher level classes and be successful.
- College acceptance is based on the student’s achievements, not on the GATE label.