The GATE Team at UC Irvine!
Prisk's GATE Program
Gifted and Talented Education at Prisk Elementary consists of two programs; the Primary Accelerated Learner Services (PALS) Program is in place for our first and second grade students demonstrating strong academic abilities, performance and intellectual curiosity, and the GATE program is in place for third through fifth grade students. Additionally, advanced students who are talented and motivated may have the opportunity to be clustered into the GATE classrooms as space permits.
GATE education is characterized by a differentiated curriculum. GATE certified teachers collaborate to plan a curriculum that provides acceleration, depth and complexity to enhance the standards-based curriculum. The Prisk GATE program is sensitive to students' strengths in a variety of areas. Woven within the academic curriculum are many creative opportunities. Universal themes such as exploration, conflict, and power are introduced and merged throughout the curriculum.
Scholarly behavior, intellectual traits and content imperatives are components that are integrated into the core curriculum. Enrichment experiences enhance the areas of social studies and literature. Students are encouraged to explore, take risks, and to extend themselves beyond their comfort levels. They are encouraged to find balance in their lives by complementing academic and creative strengths.
The Prisk PALS and GATE programs strive to inspire each child's sense of responsibility for his/her own learning. Throughout the GATE program there is an awareness that gifted students benefit from guidance and nurturing as they explore their aptitudes and develop their unique abilities.