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NMUSD GATE Belief/Philosophy Statement

Belief Statement

The Newport Mesa Unified School District offers a Gifted and Talented Education Program for eligible students in grades 4 – 12. The programs are designed to meet the needs of high ability and intellectually gifted students. Classroom instruction begins with the grade level core curriculum and is differentiated based upon student need and ability. The development of critical thinking is emphasized.

Philosophy Statement

When participating in a differentiated curriculum, bright, talented students will become analytical thinkers, creative producers, and practical problem solvers.

It is our goal to provide unique learning opportunities for the gifted learner, providing opportunities to develop individual potential, to explore interests, to develop sensitivity and responsibility, ethical standards, and a healthy realistic self-concept.

Websites for GATE parents and Students

What a GATE cluster classroom should look like in Newport Mesa?

  • Scholarliness
  • Higher order thinking skills taught and integrated
  • Curriculum compacting
  • Depth and complexity
  • Content Imperatives
  • Universal Themes: (4th-Systems, 5th-Change, 6th-Power)
  • Tiered Assignment
  • Open ended questioning (Socratic Seminar, Junior Great Books)
  • Student Choice (Writer Workshop, Learning Centers)
  • Different Models of Teaching (Direct instruction, inquiry based, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning)
  • Ongoing Assessment (pre and post)
  • Flexible grouping 
  • Think like a Disciplinarian
  • Independent Study