The Adams GATE program provides instruction in core curriculum with concentration on acceleration, extended project based learning, and enrichment opportunities.
Critical thinking, strategies for problem-solving, and decision-making are emphasized throughout the program. The curriculum enriches and expands basic grade level objectives by providing and focusing on:
- A stimulating, creative, and accelerated atmosphere conducive to high achievement by exploring, experimenting, and challenging
- Differentiated opportunities for learning appropriate to the particular abilities and talents of gifted and talented students.
- Alternative learning environments in which gifted and talented individuals can acquire skills and understanding at advanced levels according to their potential.
- Inclusion of critical thinking and decision making throughout the curriculum.
- Opportunities for student leadership (Student Council and School News).
- Student accountability, sensibility, and responsibility, thus fostering independent learners. The encouragement of realistic self-evaluation helps students reach toward individual potential and abilities.
- Integration of GATE students with the whole school population in Computer, PE, Spanish, Music, Art, Assemblies and after-school enrichment programs and through opportunities such as buddy classes, joint field trips, Math Superbowl, School-wide Spelling Bee, Science Fair, Art Fair, Winter Sing, Battle of the Books, the DARE Program, and 6th grade Outdoor Camp.
The staff meets regularly to assess progress of GATE students, share ideas and collaborate on strategies for challenging students. All teachers are aware of the differentiated needs of gifted students. Some have taken formal classes to increase expertise in this area and have shared their knowledge with others on the staff. Over the years, teachers have attended the Annual California Association for the Gifted Conference and other conferences dedicated to professional development related to education of the gifted. Parents are encouraged to be partners in learning with volunteerism as an integral part of the school program.