Programs and Services

Serving Gifted Students at All Grade Levels

The Gifted and Talented (GATE) program offers services for elementary, middle school, and high school students. At the elementary level, students are clustered so teachers can readily meet their learning needs.  In grades 7-8, accelerated math courses, pre-Advanced Placement courses, and enrichment experiences are prevalent. Similarly, GATE students at the high school may take Pre-Advanced and Advanced Placement courses, college classes offered at the high school or at neighboring colleges, and an expanse of enrichment opportunities.

GATE Elementary Students Clustered

Whether informally or formally identified, gifted elementary students are "clustered" together in a classroom with a teacher who has received training to meet the needs of gifted students. All elementary teachers in the district receive specific GATE training. They are skillful in meeting their GATE students' needs while differentiating curriculum and instruction for all students. For more information on differentiated instruction, please download our fact sheet, "Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Students."

In grades 1- 3, students who are informally identified are clustered. In grades 4-6, formally identified gifted students are clustered. The clusters typically include 4-8 high ability or gifted students within a classroom of students with varying ability levels. Besides addressing their intellectual needs, these clusters also help gifted students meet their social and emotional needs as they work with their clustered classmates.

Each of the district's elementary schools has a lead teacher for the GATE program who coordinates building enrichment opportunities and staff training. The lead teacher also organizes differentiated materials for classroom teachers to use with students during the school day.

Acceleration Options for Students

There are many ways to accelerate learning for students who are academically, intellectually, socially and emotionally ready to learn at a faster pace or before the expected age for learning.

  1. Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade:
  2. Grade or Subject Acceleration:

These options require a formal request and have a set process to follow.  See the attachments above for more information on these procedures.  The Request for Acceleration Form allows parents/guardians, teachers or students to begin the process.  Note that teachers also accelerate learning in more informal ways in the classroom, such as compacting the curriculum and differentiating instruction, and these informal procedures do not require a formal request form.

For more information on these options, please contact your child’s teacher, the school GATE Lead Teacher or the District GATE Coordinator.

Enrichment Programs Offer Additional Opportunities

GATE elementary students have a variety of enrichment opportunities available to them. Those opportunities include the North Suburban Summer Academy, Future Problem Solving Programs, Math Masters, and Continental Math League. Click on the "Enrichment and Resources" tab in the left-sided menu for more information on these and other quality programs.

Elementary School GATE Lead Teachers

Teachers strive to meet the individual needs of gifted students in the classroom. The GATE Lead teacher supports and assists the Cluster Teachers in providing differentiation in the classroom, coordinates enrichment opportunities and is an advocate for gifted students and their families in the school.

     • Brimhall Elementary School • Emily Wendlandt emily.wendlandt@isd623.org 651-638-1938

     • Central Park Elementary School • Anders Johnson anders.johnson@isd623.org 651-481-9951

     • Edgerton Elementary School • Mike Schroeder michael.schroeder@isd623.org 651–772–2565

     • Emmet D. Williams Elementary School • Cameron Radke cameron.radke@isd623.org 651-482-8624

     • Falcon Heights Elementary School • Ann Lundy ann.lundy@isd623.org 651-646-0021

    •  Little Canada Elementary School • Natalie Skogstad natalie.skogstad@isd623.org 651-490-1353

     • Harambee Elementary School • Jessica Morgan jessica.morgan@isd623.org 651–379–2500

     • Parkview Center School • Nan Taylor nan.taylor@isd623.org 651-487-4396

MIDDLE GRADES OFFER ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Roseville Area Middle School GATE Services

Roseville Area Middle School (RAMS) continues the gifted-cluster model for 7th- and 8th-grade students. Gifted students are clustered in language arts, social studies, and science classes. These courses embed Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) concepts so students are prepared to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school.

In math, students have the opportunity to take accelerated classes that earn high school credit. Intermediate Algebra, typically a 9th-grade course, and Geometry, a 10th-grade course, are offered to students as early as 7th grade.

Ursala Pankonin, GATE Lead Teacher, supports the GATE students and teachers at RAMS. She offers a variety of morning groups including a Social Emotional Gifted Education (SEGE) discussion group, book clubs, creative writing, and online college preparation. Academic competitions, such as Future Problem Solving and Knowledge Bowl, are also available. Individual support for students, if needed, can be requested.

Please contact Ursala Pankonin at ursala.pankonin@isd623.org or 651-482-5280 for more information on GATE programming at Roseville Area Middle School (RAMS).

Parkview Center School Gr. 7-8 GATE Services

Parkview Center School (PCS) continues the gifted-cluster model for 7th- and 8th-grade students in language arts, social studies, and science classes. All departments embed Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) concepts so students are prepared to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school. In math, 7-8 students may take accelerated math classes and earn up to two high-school credits--Intermediate Algebra and Geometry.

In addition to a rigorous curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in several academic competitions and groups such as Science Fair, Spelling Bee, St. Cloud Math Contest, and Future Problem Solving (FPS).

Please contact Nan Taylor, Gifted Resource Teacher, at nan.taylor@isd623.org or 651-487-4396 for more information on GATE programming at Parkview Center School.

Array of Courses and Activities Offered at Roseville Area High School

GATE students at Roseville Area High School (RAHS) have an array of course electives and accelerated options to meet their needs and interests. They may take advantage of Pre-Advanced and Advanced Placement courses, college classes offered onsite (College in the Schools or CIS) or at neighboring colleges (Post Secondary Enrollment Options or PSEO), and an expanse of enrichment opportunities.

For more information on these options, please contact the RAHS counselors or the school's GATE Lead Teacher, Addison Engelking at addison.engelking@isd623.org or 651-635-1660.