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GATE Cluster Program


Click this link to watch our informational video about our GATE program.

Our GATE Cluster Program provides our students with curricular options that modify depth, complexity, acceleration and novelty of the core curriculum. At the secondary level, GATE is a humanities-based program. Dana Middle, Correia Middle, and Point Loma High School do not offer a GATE Math class.
Dana Middle, Correia Middle, and Point Loma High School follow the SDUSD GATE Diversity Cluster Model B. This model provides that a minimum of 25% of the students in a class are GATE identified, with the remaining openings filled with students reflecting the persity of the school. At Dana, aprox. 1/3 of the students in a GATE Cluster classroom are GATE identified. Slightly over 1/3 of the students are considered high achievers. Students in this category are not identified as GATE but possess high test scores. All GATE Cluster teachers are GATE certified.

GATE Cluster students score in the very superior range (98th percentile or above) on a district-approved, mental ability test administered by a GATE school psychologist or score in the 95-97th percentile range on a district-approved ability test with the application of factors. Factors include environmental, economic, language, emotional and health problems that may depress test scores or negatively influence academic achievement.
Numerous strategies and enrichment activities are employed to challenge all of our students, including those identified as GATE. Some of these strategies and enrichment activities include:

  • Inquiry based learning
  • Pre-assessments to determine students' needs
  • Cooperative group learning
  • Tiered assignments
  • Group projects that encourage cooperation, leadership and creativity
  • Author studies
  • Problem solving
  • Interactive social studies curriculum

Please visit the SDUSD GATE website and download their informational brochure.

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