Understanding GATE Seminar vs. GATE Cluster

GATE Seminar students test at 3 standard deviations (σ) above the mean, or higher than 99.9% of peers

GATE Cluster students test at 2 standard deviations (σ) above the mean; in other words, they score higher than 97.7% of peers


GATE Seminar

Seminar students can be atypical learners who require programs significantly differentiated from the mainstream learners and the typical GATE cluster programs in order to feel comfortable with themselves and their differences and to develop their exceptional potential.

The SDUSD Seminar Program is intended to serve varied students who fit one or more of these criteria:

  • Need an extraordinarily high-level, advanced, and challenging curriculum
  • Have extremely high tested ability but low school achievement
  • Are divergent thinkers and "march to the beat of a different drummer"

A Short Guide to the GATE Seminar Program:

/schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/hearst/GATE Seminar Guide.pdf

GATE Seminar Classrooms

A minimum 50% of each class is comprised of Students identified as GATE Seminar; the remaining students in the class are identified as GATE Cluster.
Seminar Programs must:

  • Offer curriculum that meets or exceeds the Common Core State Standards;
  • Differentiate instruction to include acceleration, depth, complexity, and novelty as appropriate;
  • Enrich curriculum and instruction through the use of community- and technology-based resources; and
  • Develop students' interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills.

GATE Cluster

These students differ from their age peers in that they generally show advanced comprehension, a faster pace of learning, and an ability to handle greater depth and complexity in their learning. These students need challenge by changing the regular curriculum through pace or presentation. They require program differentiation of core subjects in content, process or product in order to realize their learning potential.

A Short Guide to the GATE Cluster Program:

/schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/hearst/GATE Cluster Guide.pdf

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