The mission of the Rocklin Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program is to identify gifted and high achieving students, including those from diverse racial, socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, and to provide high quality differentiated instructional opportunities for learning that meet the needs of these students’ unique abilities.
The goal of the Rocklin Unified School District’s GATE Program is to provide differentiated learning opportunities during the regular school day for identified students. Differentiation is a process of modifying curriculum content and/or teaching methodologies used with the core curriculum so that students may learn at their own ability level and at their own pace. Strategies used may include but are not limited to flexible grouping, acceleration, in-depth study, complexity and novelty.
The referral process may be initiated at any time during the school year by a parent, a teacher, a peer or the student. Referral forms are available in each school office or may be downloaded from this website. Testing occurs during the fall (for 2nd -12th graders) and the winter (for 1st graders). One final make-up session is offered for students who have missed the fall or winter testing.
A GATE student’s general intellectual development is significantly advanced in relation to chronological peers. The process to be formally identified in the GATE Program begins with a determination of:
Intellectual or Cognitive Ability - Tests include the Raven Progressive Matrices Plus, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, or the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). A student must score at or above the gifted range.
In addition, the process may include up to three additional measures of a student’s ability or potential:
Achievement - Standardized achievement tests in math and reading/language arts include the CAT6 or CST – Student must score at the advanced level or indicate other evidence of above grade level achievement in math and/or reading.
Gifted Student Characteristics - Student profiles are obtained from parents and current teacher.
Impact Factors - Medical history, socio-economic status and participation in the English Language Learner Program are taken into consideration.
If a student has been identified in a previous district using criteria that meets or exceeds the criteria used in the Rocklin Unified School District, the student will be identified without further testing.
Elementary School/Clusters: Identified GATE students are clustered within the regular classroom at all sites and are provided differentiated instruction by teachers who are given specific training on meeting the unique needs of these students.
Elementary School/Self-Contained Program: Identified students are given the opportunity to attend self-contained GATE classrooms at Rocklin Elementary School in grades 2 through 6 (on a space available basis).
Middle School: Advanced opportunities are offered in the GATE Academies (Key/Quest at Granite Oaks and Cornell/Stanford at Spring View) to identified GATE students in 7th and 8th grade.
High School: A variety of opportunities are offered to identified students including: advanced classes in Geometry and Algebra II, a variety of honors and Advanced Placement classes, Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, the ability to challenge a class in order to move on to more challenging material, and dual enrollment at a local college.