• Parent Information Meeting
    GATE families are invited to attend an information and Q/A meeting:

    • Thursday, May 2
    • Thursday, May 9

    The meetings will be held in the Bode Middle School library beginning at 5:30 pm.

    Gifted Feedback Form

    Gifted & Talented Education Program
    GATE Program Evaluation

    The Gifted Program underwent an extensive program evaluation in the fall of 2018 by Dr. Carolyn Callahan Ph.D. of the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia and her colleague Dr. Annalissa Brodersen which included classroom observations, student, parent, and teacher focus groups and surveys.

    Thank you so much to the students, parents/guardians, and teachers who responded to surveys, participated in focus groups, and attended gifted classes for their feedback and contributions to this program evaluation.

    Please check here and the GATE UPDATES page for more updates and information as we work to address the recommendations from our program evaluation with clear action plans.

    DESE defines the gifted child as, “gifted children” mean those who “exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade level curriculum.”
    The District offers the following gifted services for students in grades K-12: 
    • PEGS (Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students) for grades K-6 
    • GATE (Gifted, Academically, Talented Education) for grades 3-8 
    • TAG: Literature and Humanities & Science and Investigations 9-12 
    Students in the above mentioned classes have met the criteria set by the DESE for gifted programming. In addition, SJSD gifted faculty hold valid Missouri teaching certifications with additional certification in the area of gifted education. 

    The PEGS program is housed at Oak Grove Elementary and students participating must attend Oak Grove in order to participate in the PEGS program (if students live outside of the normal boundaries for the Oak Grove school, they must provide their own transportation). Students in the GATE program visit Carden Park Elementary or the Advanced Science Research Center at Hillyard Technical Center one day a week based on grade level. TAG classes are available at each of the SJSD High Schools. 

    The overall design of the units developed in this coursework is centered in real-world, authentic experiences—having students work as a professional would. Learning experiences are rich with problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and responsibility. Students are able to explore loosely framed problems issues, which are interdisciplinary in nature, with open-ended products. In addition, students engaged in the SJSD gifted curriculum will engage in collaboration and utilize technology to facilitate 21st century learning; inquiry, innovation, collaboration, and creativity are addressed in each unit, although from different perspectives.
    Stephanie Hartley
    GATE Department Chair

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