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Gifted and Talented (GATE)

GRDC’s GATE Mission

Provide high quality differentiated opportunities for learning that successfully address gifted and talented students’ individual and unique abilities and talents while meeting and exceeding state and local content standards within the context of the regular school day.


  • Project Based Learning – Minimum 1 PBL project in every grade level
  • Accelerated Reader/Bookshop – Students receive reading materials on their individualized reading level
  • Math Acceleration – GRDC offers Algebra & Geometry in middle school and we are piloting acceleration opportunities via online learning websites such as the Stanford EPGY Open Enrollment Program and Khan Academy
  • Writers Workshop – Students receive individual feedback on their writing skills in addition to strategy lessons to accelerate the individual’s writing
  • Advanced K-1 students, although not formally identified GATE by the district, are provided flexible grouping options so they will be challenged in their studies
  • Enrichment Classes – GRDC is launching a new program that offers a wide variety of fee-based enrichment class for all students
  • K-1 students, although not identified, are provided flexible grouping options
  • Provide opportunities in performing arts, sciences, leadership, & sports
  • All GATE students receive Individualized Learning Plans that are shared at fall conferences

Experiences Outside the Classroom (Middle School)

Optional Environmental Camp

Each year, as part of our 6th grade science curriculum, students are given the opportunity to enjoy an Outdoor Education experience. This experience usually lasts about 4 days and provides hands-on learning with a safe accredited Environmental Education program. In years past, GRDC has participated in the Westminster Woods camp. Student tuition is discussed at the time of each trip.

American River Classes

How about taking the classroom outdoors? This is exactly what you can expect when learning about the Earth, food webs, erosion, soil horizons, energy pyramids and more from the sixth grade science teacher. Parent chaperones and eager students pack up and move on out during these educational learning days along the American River Parkway. Each science class will participate in 8-10 river trips per academic year.

Optional Washington D.C. Trip

This optional 8th grade trip, takes place in the summer and is an experience your child will always remember. This trip is offered every-other year, when your child is either entering or exiting 8th grade. This highly anticipated trip visits Historical Landmarks and Monuments within the Washington D.C. area and culminates in New York City. This incredible trip is managed by our 8th grade English/History teacher.