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Gifted & Talented Education

Greenbrook Elementary GATE Program 

School GATE Representative:
Starr McLaughlin, 5th Grade teacher


Greenbrook School is dedicated to providing a learning environment to extend the depth and complexity of your gifted child’s experience through a variety of educational opportunities. We recognize that learners have different needs, and our school is committed to meeting the needs of its diverse learners.  Identified Gifted and Talented students possess unique abilities and potential; they require thought-provoking educational opportunities to enhance their learning. 
Classroom teachers address the needs of gifted students by establishing a flexible and differentiated learning environment. Teachers strive to provide a supportive and enriched climate that offers a variety of curriculum options, instructional approaches, and resources, so that gifted students will be engaged and challenged. This is accomplished by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of  the standard curriculum, which is intentionally designed to encourage higher order thinking skills, critical and creative problem solving, opportunities to study areas of interest, and promoting a sense of individual self worth and a responsibility to society.
Additionally, aligned with the SRVUSD goals, the Greenbrook GATE Program promotes and offers gifted and talented students opportunities to broaden their exposure to subject matter with out-of-school enrichment activities. Field trips and after-school classes are selected that emphasis 21st century learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

Some Previous Field Trips & After-School Workshops:

Amazing Brain: Brain Anatomy and Function, Senses, Experiment Design. Students examine real brains from animals such as birds, reptiles, small mammals, and even a human. They learn which brain parts are responsible for processing sensory information, enabling thought, and controlling bodily functions. FIELD TRIP.
Who Done it? A mock crime scene: Chemical Testing, Forensic Science. Using chromatography, pH tests, flame tests, and deductive reasoning, the students sleuth out the suspect! FIELD TRIP.
Exceptional Perception: Dissection of a animal eye. In this class, eye scopes let students see inside their own eyes. Perception tasks measure peripheral vision, color perception, and depth perception. The 3D and lentigraph holograms show how the brain can be fooled into seeing these images. FIELD TIRP.
Science WorkshopElectricity: building robots, students get to take home their project with a newsletter explaining the lesson. AFTER-SCHOOL WORKSHOP.
Science Workshop: Renewable energy: students will construct homes with solar panels that will operate a function of the home, such as a doorbell. Students get to take home their project with a newsletter explaining the lesson. AFTER-SCHOOL WORKSHOP.