Leland Stanford Middle School

GATE/Accelerated Coordinator

Email Mrs. Kurz at kkurz@lbschools.net for questions regarding the Accelerated Program at Stanford.


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GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

Stanford's GATE Magnet Program

Stanford has a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)/Accelerated magnet program. The GATE/Accelerated population is comprised of pupils from both the Stanford area of residence and across the Long Beach Unified School District.   GATE/Acclerated teachers implement a rigorous and challenging instructional program for their pupils.  Students in these sections receive differentiated instruction, which means they receive the same standards-based curriculum as other students, but at a deeper and more challenging level. GATE teachers who are certified receive 45 hours of training in strategies that are useful for meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted learners. Teachers implement these strategies into the core curriculum to challenge students to reach their full potential.

One of Stanford's GATE/Accelerated program's coordinators meets regularly with instructors of accelerated classes to discuss curriculum, differentiation, and interventions for struggling students. The other coordinator oversees a Parent Advisory Committee that provides support to the program and its teachers in the form of fund raising, grant writing, and providing expert guest speakers/resources to enrich the curriculum.

Stanford GATE students are highly sought after by high school accelerated programs including CAMS (California Academy of Math and Science), Poly PACE, Wilson Distinguished Scholars, and Millikan Quest.  Due to their training in middle school, transitions to these programs have been very successful.


 GATE Identification

The process for GATE identification is implemented through the LBUSD GATE office.  Placement of students in the program is a district decision.  Each spring, Stanford and other middle and K-8 schools with GATE/Excel programs provide parent information nights to assist families with the middle school application process.  In addition, high achieving students, as evidenced by scores on CST tests as well as academic grades, may be "clustered" into accelerated sections.  For more information, please contact the GATE office at http://www.lbschools.net/Main_Offices/Curriculum/Services/GATE/.