GATE (Gifted and Talented Program)
Fairmont Elementary School provides a program committed to the enrichment of our gifted and talented students. The Fairmont GATE program, a site-based cluster program, delivers a specialized instructional program designed to address the learning styles of students who have been identified as gifted and talented.
The goal of the GATE program at Fairmont is to enhance learning and support the unique social and emotional development needs of GATE identified students. GATE students are clustered together at various times throughout the day to augment instruction which allows for intellectual and social interaction with peers of similar interests and capabilities.
In the classroom, special practices, procedures, and theories are used to scaffold instruction to meet the various learning styles and needs of GATE identified students. Students participate in differentiated learning activities that amplify and exceed grade level standards. Students have many opportunities to collaborate, think critically, and be creative during student centered lessons. Mock trials, document based questions with evidence based writing, socratic seminars, and advanced math instruction are just a few examples of learning extensions used to engage GATE identified students within the classroom setting.
The positive environment at Fairmont fosters an exceptional learning environment that encourages all students to strive for personal growth. Elementary school is pivotal in developing well-rounded students that are actively engaged in learning. Scaffolded instruction that is differentiated throughout the day is designed to match the individual needs of all students. At Fairmont, the GATE cluster-based program takes teaching and learning above and beyond to develop 21st century learners.
Each Year, GATE identified students attending Fairmont participate in GATE Academies. This year, Fairmont Elementary Gate Academy students are becoming ornithologists. As ornithologists, students will delve deeper to gain knowledge on bird habitats, diet, migration, and other features. Throughout the school year, GATE Academy students will participate in field trips, listen to guest speakers, view websites, and read educational material to learn about California’s bird population. Students will present their learning during a GATE Academy Night in the Spring.
To kick off this year’s academy, GATE students spent the morning listening to guest speaker, Steve Kaye, a bird enthusiast and photographer. Students and parents were actively engaged in Mr. Kaye’s photos and stories as they inquired about the different birds and locations displayed in his slide show. After, students used pictures from magazines and hand-drawn to decorate personal journals for collecting research notes and observations. Students left very excited and inquiring about future Academies and events.