GATE: Foothill Elementary
Foothill Elementary School offers a standards based gifted and talented education service to G.A.T.E. identified students in Grades 3-6. Our G.A.T.E program at Foothill is based on cluster grouping in order to meet the academic needs of our gifted and talented students. Cluster grouping is where 4-6 gifted and talented students are placed in a single classroom for the entire school day. Students are formally identified through the Corona Norco Unified School District beginning in the second grade. Cluster teachers are trained for differentiation, compacting, accelerated pace, depth, complexity, and novelty in all academic content areas. The regular education program is differentiated by the classroom teacher to meet the needs of the whole child. Our goal is to facilitate our students to develop and grow at a pace that best matches their abilities. Foothill’s program is individually designed for each G.A.T.E. student. Our program offers enriched and accelerated learning opportunities discussed and created by the parent and teacher to best meet the need of the gifted student. Some strategies and techniques that are utilized by teachers are; tiered assignments, independent projects, homework challenges, subject acceleration, invention, investigation and curriculum compacting.
G.A.T.E. Academy is a monthly afterschool program that is offered to any identified G.A.T.E. student in the 3rd through 6th grade attending Foothill Elementary. Students interested in attending will be participating in activities which cross all curricular areas. The students participate in the planning of the G.A.T.E. Academy program. Their planning is an integral part of the success of the G.A.T.E. Academy. This has been invaluable to help “peak” the interest of these exceptional students. Some of the subject areas we worked on were chemistry, innovation and invention, play production, and S.T.E.M. activities.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the principal, Dr. Joni Howard.