Myths Associated With GATE Seminar

Who Is A GATE Seminar Student? The definition is not always clear. Some definitions include;

  • They possess an innate exceptional ability that cannot be taught or learned
  • They acquired exceptional abilities that can be taught and learned
  • They demonstrate advanced proficiency in course standards

These popular myths are distinctly different, and not always accurate.

Q: My student is GATE Seminar identified and benefits from the socio-emotional supports associated with the traditional program. How will my child be served?

We acknowledge the continued need for socio-emotional supports for students. 100% of our Honors program teachers are GATE certified and have received training in these strategies.

How Do Students Qualify for GATE Seminar?

A qualifying score on the CogAt test (mostly non-verbal reasoning and quantitative skills). Recently introduced: SBAC scores and points for IEPs, 504s, ELs, low-income, student relocation (e.g. military)

While the process claims to utilize multiple data points, at best 83% of the identification criteria is based solely upon student performance on a single administration of the CogAt assessment.


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