Students with high abilities need enrichment and accelerated educational programs that will challenge them in regular classroom settings. A mind is a terrible thing to waste!
Students not challenged by regular classroom curriculum often do not thrive and many educators focus on struggling students and lack the training to address the special needs of their high achievers.
Research shows that when all students are sufficiently challenged from early education onwards, a higher percentage go on to advanced degrees These students tend to maintain their intellectual interests after they complete college and graduate school. Students who are identified by the age of thirteen as gifted in literary, technical, and scientific innovation, and who are provided programming geared to their needs, are much more likely to be leaders in their fields.
GATE programs, which stand for “gifted and talented education,” are the means by which this programming is provided. “Gifted” students, those students who perform at a high capacity in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or specific academic fields, and who require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop such capabilities. In past years, the District provided a summer school program for students identified as gifted by the Otis Lennon School Ability test, or on teacher (and sometime parent) recommendations. They also provided programs throughout the year by teachers differentiating the curriculum. The funding for this programming dried up, and the programs were shut down.
Our students must be challenged to fulfill their potential! We at the San Bruno Education Foundation seek to provide funds to identify and meet the needs of gifted students in our schools. We have received a generous Community Grants Fund grant from the San Bruno Community Foundation in support of this goal, but we cannot realize our vision with additional support from donors like you! Please help by donating to our Fall Fundraiser today!