Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.)
Discovery’s GATE program is designed to assist in meeting the unique needs of students who demonstrate superior ability. The program begins in third grade with a multiple criteria identification process. All students in grade 3 are screened, unless the parent requests that their child not participate in this process. GATE students are clustered in specific classrooms in order to provide instruction that differentiates the core curriculum and provides them with advanced learning opportunities.
Students in grades K-5 use computers to complement class instruction. Computers are used as part of the regular classroom curriculum and compliment the teaching of the California Content Standards. A computer technician is on campus daily to assist teachers with the implementation of technology in the classroom.
Student Study Team (SST)
Students experiencing academic, language, behavioral, or emotional difficulties can be referred by a teacher, parent, or administrator to the SST team, which is comprised of the parent, classroom teacher, psychologist, speech therapist, administrator and RSP teacher. The purpose of the SST team is to review the needs of the child and develop a plan for success. Prior to referral, the parent and teacher will have a conference and discussed any concerns.
Services in this area are limited. Contact the principal or assistant principal for details.
Students are referred for screening and/or training by teachers or parents. Parents are welcome to contact the school regarding assistance in this important area. All Kindergarten students receive a speech and language screening.
Resource Specialist Program (RSP)
Children who have been identified as having a specific learning disability, are provided services in the Resource Specialist Program. Working together, parents, teachers, and other appropriate personnel develop, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to target each child’s identified needs.