The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program provides unique education opportunities for students who have been identified as gifted and talented. GATE students at Westlake are clustered into classes by grade-level, facilitating differentiated instruction and dynamic interaction among students. Focus is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving activities. Westlake students participate in an eBlock session during their school day, once a trimester GATE students participate in a specific class geared towards problem solving activities (K-2) and entrepreneurship skills (3-5).
Westlake holds GATE parent meetings three times per school year. Additionally, CVUSD has a GATE District Advisory Committee that meets once a month to discuss program goals and needs. A parent representative from Westlake attends these meetings and brings back information to share with parents. Westlake also has a teacher who serves as GATE coordinator, who attends monthly meetings, shares information with the staff, and helps coordinate the GATE parent meetings.
Talk to your child's teacher if you are interested in having your child tested for the GATE program. Parent permission to participate is on file in the front office. Once students are identified, they remain part of the GATE program.
Elementary Program Happenings
Students are encouraged to participate in optional activities provided by the school, district (Fun Fridays), and local colleges and/or community events:
"Solve It Day" sponsored by the District at different school locations.
"Invention Convention" is a STEAM focused district program open to ALL students in 3rd - 5th grade.
Do you have a newly identified GATE student and wonder
what this new world is all about?
Join us for an informational meeting for new GATE parents.
Details coming soon.
Books & Resources
www.cagifted.org - The California Association for the Gifted
www.nagc.org - National Association for Gifted Children
www.sengifted.org - Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
www.giftedstudy.org - Summer Institute for the Gifted (The Summer Institute for the Gifted offers residential and day programs for gifted and talented students in grades K through 11.)
www.tri-countygate.org - Tri-County GATE Council (The Tri-County GATE Council, a volunteer organization, is an affiliate of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). It belongs to the Pacific Region of CAG, which includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.)
www.cde.ca.gov/sp/gt/ - California Department of Education, Gifted and Talented Education
www.gt-cybersource.org - Davidson Institute's GT-CyberSource
www.hoagiesgifted.org - About Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Living With Intensity by Susan Daniels
Children: The Challenge by Dreikurs & Stolz
Make Your Worrier a Warrior by Daniel Peters
From Worrier to Warrior by Daniel Peters (written for children!)
Smart Boys by Kerr & Cohn
Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults by Webb & Amend
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by Webb & Gore
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students by Christine Fonseca
Five Levels of Gifted by Deborah Ruf