GATE Program

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GATE students made nightlights

Grades 4/5 GATE Back to School Open House - AUGUST 23, 5:00PM-6:00PM.  Come and see the new space and meet the teachers!

Grades 6-8 GATE will follow their respective grade level orientation outlined on the Stillwater Middle School webpage. 

 The goal of the GATE program is to meet the academic and social needs of highly gifted learners. These learners are children whose academic abilities indicate the need for in-depth, complex and rigorous curriculum and instruction beyond that which can be provided in the gifted cluster groupings that are currently in place. Unlike clustering, which includes students of various abilities, the classes at GATE include only highly gifted learners.

The GATE program provides students with a highly challenging instructional program which meets and exceeds the Stillwater Area Public Schools’ academic standards. Differentiation in the depth, breadth, and pace of instruction with an emphasis on higher level thinking skills is utilized to meet the needs of advanced learners.  

Program Details

Beginning in 2017-2018, GATE will be located at Stillwater Middle School, which will allow for expanded opportunities for students. We’ve designed a GATE program that will provide a sheltered experience for fourth and fifth graders - similar to what they’ve known at Oak Park. Our sixth graders will be clustered together in houses and in core classes, with access to support from a GATE teacher for English Language Arts and Science. A specialized GATE math class will also be provided to our sixth grade students.

In addition, we’ve designed gifted and talented services for our 7th and 8th grade students. Much like sixth grade, our 7th and 8th students will be clustered for core classes, and a specialized “push-in or pull-out” math class taught by a GATE teacher will be provided to keep them on track with their individualized learning needs.

Learn more about what to expect for next year.

View the GATE 2017-2018 Program presentation (shared with school board Feb. 9, 2017)

Transportation will be provided beginning 2017 and school hours will be 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. This program is an optional alternate educational setting available to students who meet eligibility criteria.

Entrance Criteria

GATE eligibility will be determined by a District Identification Team following established Eligibility Criteria. Students will be accepted beginning with the highest scores and will be added as space allows. The Cognitive Abilities Test is given in November. 

Full scale scores from outside IQ tests will be considered if they are completed by a professional included on this list.

Application Process

If you are a parent of a child who meets eligibility criteria and is currently attending a Stillwater Area Public School, you may apply using the GATE Alternate School Enrollment form. See below.

If you are a parent of a child who meets eligibility criteria and is not currently attending a District 834 school, you may apply using the Application Form for Out-of-District Students. See below.


Important Dates:

  • November 16, 2016: Deadline for parents/teachers to recommend CogAT testing
  • November 29-Dec. 9, 2016: CogAT testing in all elementary buildings
  • January 11, 2017: GATE applications due (This does not commit you to GATE)
  • January 18, 2017: Families notified of GATE acceptance
  • January 23, 2017: New GATE parent meeting 5:00-6:00 and Current GATE parent meeting 7:00-7:45 at Stillwater Middle School
  • January 24, 2017: Potential student visit 9:15-10:45 at Oak Park Elementary
  • January 26, 2017: Deadline to commit to GATE