Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Adel DeSoto Minburn’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program seeks to recognize and develop talents in advanced-level learners. Gifted and Talented students in the Adel DeSoto Minburn School District have academic, social-emotional, and individual needs from kindergarten through graduation. The district fully supports our K-12 GATE students through an engaging and rigorous curriculum and instruction designed to adapt to changing student needs as they grow and develop.

GATE Program Mission: We commit to providing challenging and engaging experiences and opportunities for academic and affective growth that enable all identified gifted students to develop to their potential.

GATE Program Goals: The following goals will serve as the foundation to guide the development and delivery of the gifted and talented program: 

  • Student Academic Goal:
    • Increase students’ academic achievement through challenging instruction in literacy and mathematics at a pace, depth, and level of complexity appropriate to the capabilities of the gifted student.
  • Individualization Goal:
    • Engage in individualized learning opportunities in response to students’ strengths and interests
  • Student Social/Emotional Goal:
    • Develop students’ understanding of their social, emotional, and school success skills in relation to their giftedness.

GATE Student Goals: ADM ‘s GATE student goals are based on the Six Gifted Education Programming Standards as established by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

  1. Develop life-long autonomous learner skills
  2. Demonstrate higher order thinking skills including critical thinking, logical thinking, creative thinking, problem-solving, applications, synthesis, and evaluation 
  3. Explore career possibilities 
  4. Develop and apply research, communication, and collaboration skills
  5. Develop original work based on student abilities and interests
  6. Broaden exposure and civic responsibility through cultural and service events
  7. Persist in developing their capacities.
  8. Acquire specific affective and personal growth skills needed to operate at their potential level
  9. Realize educational opportunities through differentiated curriculum based on individual needs


View ADM’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Handbook 


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