Carpinteria Unified School District GATE Program

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GATE Instruction

 Grades 3-5
Elementary GATE students are placed in GATE cluster classrooms at each grade level at their individual school sites.  Differentiation strategies include: flexible grouping, tiered instruction, independent study, and use of the depth and complexity/content imperative prompts. 

Mrs. Koontz, the GATE Coordinator/Resource Teacher, conducts whole class lessons to demonstrate differentiation for teachers and students.  These lessons implement strategies from Dr. Sandra Kaplan including Scholarly Traits, Prompts of Depth and Complexity and Content Imperatives, Think Like A Disciplinarian, and Universal Concepts.  In addition, GATE students participate in small group pull-out sessions with Mrs. Koontz to address social-emotional and GATE specific needs.

        Grade 3 - Kara Sundell
        Grade 4 - Cecilia Long
        Grade 5 - Cindy Figueroa

        Grade 3 - Julia Wheatley   
        Grade 4 - Christina Ballas
        Grade 5 - Alice Bingham

        Grade 3 - Shannon Colletti
        Grade 4 - Nichole Hughes

Carpinteria Family School
        Grade 3 - Jan Silk
        Grades 4-5 - Lorilee Collins

Click here to download a copy of the Prompts of Depth and Complexity
and the Content Imperatives:
En espanol: Diferenciacion.pdf

Click here to download a copy of the Universal Concepts:

Grade 6 students are placed in GATE cluster classrooms with other GATE identified students.  Grade 7-8 students who qualify enroll in Math Plus Enrichment to provide more challenging curriculum. Middle school teachers incorporate the depth and complexity prompts and use a variety of strategies to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of gifted and advanced learners.

At the middle school level students may participate in the production of the yearbook, student leadership, drama productions, chess club, band, strings, Battle of the Books, math competitions, AVID, and the County Spelling Bee.

In addition, the after school program offers academic and enrichment activities, including sports, Arts/Agriculture & Adventure Club, photography, kayaking, gardening, cooking, dance, service learning projects, and science activities.  7th grade GATE students are invited to attend the annual GATEway to Leadership Conference which is held in February.

CMS GATE Counselor - Stephanie Stahl - sstahl@cusd.net or (805) 684-4544

Grade 9-12 students enroll in Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, college and online courses.  In addition, high school students are able to individualize their education plan based on their needs, interests and abilities.  Teachers, administrators, and counselors are trained to assist students in setting goals and designing a personalized program to meet their needs. 

Advanced courses include: Freshman Seminar, Honors English, Honors Biology, US History, Sociology, Modern World, AP Psychology, AP Calculus, AP World History, AP English Literature, AP Biology, and AP English Language and Composition, AP Physics, AP Art Studio, AP 3-D Design, and Sports Medicine.

High school students participate in a variety of arts and leadership activities including: Theater Arts, Arts Club, Engineering Club, Community Art Projects, Marching and Concert Band, Spanish and French Clubs, Environment Club, and Future Farmers of America (FFA), Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Atzlan (MEChA), Mock Trial, Associated Student Body, Junior Statesmen of America, California Scholarship Foundation, and Future Leaders of America.  GATE students may serve as student representatives on the School Site Council and the School Board.

CMS GATE Counselor - Darcie Campbell - dcampbell@cusd.net or (805) 684-4107), ext. 233

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