An Educational Services Department:
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
The purpose of the Colton Joint Unified School District's GATE Elementary Program is to provide an enriched and differentiated curriculum for scholars who demonstrate excellence beyond that of their peers. Scholars at all levels need to be provided with appropriate learning activities and a differentiated core curriculum. Gifted scholars need to be able to exceed content standards. Standards need to be in place for gifted scholars in advanced levels of depth, pacing, complexity, novelty and acceleration. The inclusion of these five elements will ensure that our scholars are provided with challenging learning experiences. Principles of a differentiated instruction for the Gifted and Talented Learner are: content/ topic, process/activities, product and environment. These experiences should be designed for all gifted scholars regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socio‐economic status.