The purpose of the GATE program in the Los Alamitos Unified School District is to provide unique learning opportunities for the gifted learners. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop individual potential, to explore interests and career alternatives, and to develop sensitivity and responsibility, ethical standards, and a realistic healthy self-concept.
Program Options: Alternative Learning Environments
One way that the Los Alamitos Unified School District provides for the variety of gifted learner needs is through alternatives in instructional grouping. A gifted student may concurrently participate in more than one alternative. The alternatives provided are:
- Part-Time Grouping, Grades K-12 - Students
attend classes which are organized to provide advanced or enriched subject matter
for a part of the school day or week.
- Cluster Grouping, Grades K-12 - Students
are grouped within a regular classroom setting and receive appropriately differentiated
activities from the regular classroom teachers.
- Independent Study, Grades 4-12 - Students
are provided with additional instructional opportunities through either special
tutors or mentors, or through enrollment in correspondence courses. These opportunities must be supervised by a
certificated staff member at the school site.
- Acceleration, Grades K-12 - Students
are placed in grades or classes more advanced than those of their
chronological age group.
- Post-Secondary Education Opportunities, Grades
9-12 - High school students for a part of the day attend classes conducted
by a college or community college or participate in College Entrance Examination
Board Advanced Placement program.
- Serviced for Underachieving/Disadvantaged GATE Students, Grades 4-12 - Students participate in educational activities
designed to assist them in developing basic skills needed to improve their underachievement
and to enable them to achieve in their academic classes at levels more closely
commensurate with their individual abilities.
- Part-Time Grouping, Grades K-12 - Students attend classes which are organized to provide advanced or enriched subject matter for a part of the school day or week.