Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

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Sequoia GATE Magnet Parent Information Night                                 

April 1st, 2020

5:00 in the MPR

  • Learn about the Award Winning Distinguished School & Exemplary Arts Program
  • You will hear from students, staff, and parents

6:00-7:00 (all classrooms open)

*Stay tuned for additional dates and more details about the GATE programs at each school site. For more information about our amazing GATE Programs in WSD, call Michelle Watkins, Executive Director of School Specialty Programs or the school site you are interested in. 
Sequoia Elementary School is a transitional kindergarten through 6th grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Magnet Academy open to all elementary students. The school features a 21-st Century academically rigorous AVID program that offers STEA3M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Academics, AVID, and Mathematics) in addition to the Common Core state standards to meet the needs of all students. Visit the Sequoia GATE Magnet Academy's website or download a flyer that is located to the right for more information.
For students who are identified as GATE learners or who have met the required prerequisites for the accelerated class, the GATE/Accelerated program includes:
  • GATE/Accelerated classes offered in grades KDG-6th with Accelerated or advanced content
  • Students that show pre-requisites are tested in 2nd grade
  • A relationship between rigorous academics, acceleration, and enrichment
  • Technology rich instruction
  • Appropriate flexibility of time spans for learning
  • GATE certified teachers
  • Project Based Learning

Westminster School District Mission for GATE Students

  • nurture potential of students
  • challenge those with advanced learning capabilities
  • address the needs of gifted learners across all curricular areas
  • raise awareness that the utilization of differentiated instruction is a necessary tool in ensuring all student's mastery of academic standards (effective teaching)

How do we differentiate at our schools?


The staff in Westminster School District believes each child is unique and deserving of a rich educational environment. We recognize that each student is a unique individual with different abilities, interests, and learning styles. We believe in a student-centered approach, which provides an atmosphere in which a child’s social, emotional, and intellectual needs are equally important. Westminster’s ultimate goal of education is to provide each student with the skills and knowledge that will enable him/her to aspire to the highest level of achievement in his/her chosen endeavors.

To meet the needs of gifted learners, from kindergarten through sixth grade, Westminster teachers, provide a differentiated curriculum that will compact, enrich, and/or accelerate the regular curriculum. Differentiated instruction is not a single strategy, but rather an approach to instruction that incorporates a variety of strategies. Differentiation is not just a “gifted” word. Every child has the right to learn, and that rate of learning is not universal for all children. However, all students need high expectations. Differentiation is providing and planning pathways according to the needs and readiness of your students.


Teacher/District GATE Training


Representatives from five school districts (WSD, FVSD, OVSD, HBCSD, and GGUSD) came together to define standard requisite competencies for G.A.T.E teachers. This committee created a GATE teacher certification process which meets state requirements. This process includes teacher in-services, teacher collaborations to design differentiated lessons, lesson demonstrations, administrative observations, and yearly professional development. All GATE classrooms within Westminster School District have GATE trained teachers.