• Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) 

Program Overview

  • 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.


  • Resources

    The following are suggested links to websites that might be of interest to parents of GATE students:

    California Association for the Gifted
    This site has a wealth of information on gifted children and opportunities for parents and teachers to become actively involved in gifted education. This site also links to many other related sites.  http//www.cagifted.org

    National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
    NAGC is a non-profit organization for parents, teachers, educators, and community leaders to address the unique needs of all children and young people with demonstrated gifts and talents. http//www.nagc.org

    Hoagie's Gifted Education
    Resources for parents of gifted children including, articles, research and books.