Program Philosophy and Focus The administrators and teachers of the San Marcos Unified School District believe that each student should be given the opportunity to participate in educational experiences that provide for optimal learning and achievement according to his or her needs and potential.
In the San Marcos Unified School District, the principal is responsible for the management of the GATE program at the site level. Each school also has a GATE teacher coordinator to facilitate the site program and disseminate information to staff and parents. The site administrators continually review and update the program to ensure improvements and growth for all students.
Each site develops a plan that coincides with district philosophy, goals, and objectives. Programs may vary within the district, reflecting the needs and interests of the students, parents, and staff at each site.
The district GATE coordinator is responsible for ensuring that each site program reflects the high standards outlined by state legislation and our district plan.
Goals for Gifted Students Each student is expected to meet or exceed grade level standards in the core subjects, language arts and mathematics. In addition, GATE students should be encouraged and supported to demonstrate the following:
Skills- Perform at or above grade level in the basic skill areas, including technology and research skills Use critical thinking and problem solving skills Develop strong communication skills Utilize strong organization, time management, and study skills.
Knowledge- Apply skills and knowledge in area(s) of strength and expertise Become aware of and accept both areas of giftedness and areas of weakness Expand exploration in all the content areas Be prepared for advanced instruction at the secondary level
Attitudes- Possess an enthusiasm for learning Display academic independence (self-directed, resourceful, and confident) Be willing to take risks Be tolerant of self and others Demonstrate leadership abilities, particularly in the area of personal expertise.