GATE Program

The GATE program at Griffiths Middle School is designed with two goals in mind. The first goal is to provide students with access to the most rigorous coursework that allows them to apply their learning utilizing an inquiry-based model. The second goal is to provide students with experiences and opportunities that develop their talents and capabilities educationally, socially and culturally 

Our GATE students receive many opportunities, including visiting local universities and museums, exposure to workplace educational applications (Google, Disney’s Imagineering, etc), and other extracurricular activities.

At Griffiths, we aim to have our GATE Students thrive to become strong, well-rounded students who are supported in their educational, extra-curricular, and social-emotional needs as they prepare to become college and career ready, globally competitive and citizens of strong character.

How do I know if my student qualifies?

  • Students in the top CASSP testing levels are identified by school site
  • Teachers and/or parents can request testing through the GATE Lead at the site if the student meets the top level in CAASSP English/Math testing
  • Students take a nationally normed non-verbal reasoning test at the site. If students score 70% or higher on the reasoning test, they move on to the next steps:
    • Student GPAs are recorded
    • Evidence of the students’ critical thinking skills are gathered from their teachers
    • Student Qualification Packet is reviewed by a team of GATE Leads
Group of GATE Program students standing in front of the Science Lecture Hall

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