Parkview Gifted & Talented Program
Tapping Talent Early
K-6 GATE Program
At Parkview Center School, students in grades 1-3 who are performing above grade level in math and reading are informally grouped. In 4th grade, formal cluster groups begin and continue through grade 6 for identified gifted students. These small groups enable the teachers to meet the GATE students' needs for rigorous, differentiated lessons to meet their ability levels.
Our teachers strive to meet the individual needs of gifted students in the classroom. The GATE lead teacher supports and assists the classroom teachers in providing differentiated lessons. The GATE lead teacher also coordinates enrichment opportunities and advocates for gifted students and their families in the school.
Several academic competitions are offered to students: Continental Math League, grades 2-6; Math Masters, grades 5-6; Future Problem Solving, grades 5-8; and Spelling Bee, grades 4-8.
We also offer a non-competitive Science and Art Fair for grades K-8 and a competitive Science Fair for grades 6-8.
7-8 GATE Program
Parkview Center School (PCS) continues a gifted-cluster model for students in grades 7-8.. Gifted students are grouped in their language arts, social studies, and science classes. Accelerated math levels give Parkview 7th- and 8th-grade students the chance to earn up to two high school credits in Algebra I and Geometry.
All departments embed Pre-Advanced Placement concepts into their courses, so qualified students are prepared to take Advanced Placement courses at the high school. Teachers also offer above-and-beyond projects to interested students.
In addition to a rigorous curriculum, students may participate in several academic competitions and groups such as the Science Fair, Spelling Bee, St. Cloud Math Contest, and Future Problem Solving.
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Parkview's GATE Representatives
GATE Lead Teacher/Resource Specialist, Nan Taylor, represents Parkview Center School on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC), along with the GTAC Parent Representative, Jill Behrens. Nan and Jill are interested in gaining your perspectives regarding gifted education issues and would be happy to hear from you.