The Gifted and Talented Education program in Rincon Valley is unique in design. The program is designed to provide challenge and critical thinking in the classroom and extracurricular classes and activities for identified students in grades 3-8 who demonstrate exceptional ability. Volunteer parents and members of the community who have a professional or passionate interest in a particular field teach many of the enrichment classes, facilitated by the GATE Coordinator.
While formal identification does not occur until the beginning of 3rd grade, professional development for teachers at all grade levels (K-8) in GATE instructional strategies and curriculum ensures that classroom instruction is differentiated and challenging for all students. Not only do teachers in all grades K-8 receive mandatory training and observation time in their first two years in the district, but they have the opportunity to work toward District Differentiation Certification. The District also supports them in attending conferences and seminars in differentiated instruction.
In addition to differentiated instruction in the classroom and after-school enrichment, the GATE program provides and supports opportunities such as Odyssey of the Mind, Junior Great Books, and the Academic Scavenger Hunt for students to practice and develop their creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities.