Rowland Unified School District
Gifted and Talented Education
Dr. Maria G. Ott, Superintendent
Identification of gifted children begins early in your child’s education. From grade 2 on, teachers look for signs of “giftedness.” That is, they look for curiosity beyond what is typical at that age, the ability to work quickly and independently, self-motivation, and advanced reasoning ability.
The opportunity for formal identification for GATE begins at the end of the third grade and continues until the child finishes school. Once a child is identified, he/she remains in the GATE program throughout school unless the parents hear otherwise.
The criteria for being identified are:
Exemplary school work
High achievement on California Standards Assessment Test
An assessment given specifically for GATE identification
Recommendation of the classroom teacher Identification the previous year or at a previous school
When a child meets the above criteria, the parent is notified and must give written permission for enrollment in the GATE program.
Parents can encourage and support their gifted child by:
Learning about giftedness
Attending parent education classes offered by the district and other organizations
Communicating with your child’s teacher to learn how you can support your child’s work
Giving your GATE child encouragement to work up to their potential
Point out their special abilities, yet help him/her not to get conceited or look down on other students who aren’t as fortunate as they are
Work with your child especially the younger child, to develop ideas and projects
Ask thought provoking questions about a topic and help your chills to develop intellectual curiosity
Take your child places which stimulate the mind
Help your child to assess his/her own work and effort.
www.cagifted.org – California Association for the Gifted (CAG)
www.nagc.org – National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)