Students are enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program through passing the CogAT screener and assessment. The 30 minute GATE screener is given online to all 3rd grade students in Burbank. Our 4th or 5thgrade students take the GATE screener if they are referred by their teachers or parents by filling out and returning a HOPE nomination form. Your child must receive a score of 90% or higher on the GATE screener to be eligible to take the full GATE Assessment.
The full GATE assessment is broken up into three sections that assess Verbal, Quantitative and Non-Verbal knowledge. A score of 90% or higher is required to participate in BUSD’s GATE program. Official participation will begin the school year following the initial assessment.
BUSD offers GATE activities for our fourth and fifth graders throughout the school year. Pending available funding, Disney will offer enrichment activities for GATE students during the day.
Teachers in Burbank have all been trained in differentiation, which is differentiating lessons for ability levels: i.e. for the same math lesson, some students may be getting a re-teach page dealing with computation, whereas GATE or high achieving students may receive work that is more challenging: story problems, math reasoning, or projects.Currently every student is receiving differentiated instruction at their level. GATE and high achieving non-GATE students may be working on the same assignments and/or projects. Differentiation is the key to teaching every child as an individual. Teachers do not give separate assignments specifically for GATE only.
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The district Gate site coordinator is Jennifer Almer who can be reached at email@example.com. The Disney GATE coordinator is our curriculum specialist, Kelly Mcnutt. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 729-0100 ext. 10120.