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Avondale GATE Gifted and Talented Education

GATE Presentation to the Board of Education

If you missed our information nights on January 29th and February 7th 

Welcome to Avondale Gifted and Talented!

Lead Teacher Ms. Kate Martin
Click here for Ms. Martin's website
Download Ms. Martin's latest classroom newsletter here.

Teacher Ms. Michelle Gierman
Download the latest Student Scoop from Ms. Gierman's class here.

Teacher Crissa King 

Teacher Amanda Merrill

Woodland Elementary Principal Arryn Schneider

*Please note that beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the Avondale GATE Program will be located in Meadows Learning Center.

Download the program brochure here.

Avondale GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Program

Giftedness occurs in many different disciplines, 
in many different cultures, and in all socioeconomic levels. Identification should be based on multiple measures of success, including achievement and aptitude tests, teacher referrals and observations, parent referrals, and portfolio submissions.

Students identified as gifted, no matter what area of giftedness, deserve to be challenged and helped to reach their full potential. Gifted students should be offered the chance to expand their knowledge base and develop their special talents.

Differentiation of gifted learners should occur in the classroom, including offering different content, process, and products for these learners.

Gifted students' social and emotional needs should also be addressed as they may develop in different ways than their peers. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Avondale GATE program is to provide a positive learning environment in which academically gifted children are nurtured and supported.

Guiding Principles
Educational experiences fit the needs for each student
Ability-based and mixed age academic groupings
Support for the social and emotional needs of student population

Key Values
High academic standards
Individual learning paths unique to each student
Meadows Learning Center
Located in the
Avondale Meadows Learning Center

1435 W. Auburn Road

Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about the Avondale GATE program moving to Meadows.

Avondale GATE is a positive learning environment in which academically gifted children are supported. GATE provides educational experiences unique to the needs of each student, ensuring growth through challenge.

4th grader thinking

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Two students laughing in science class
Two students in Science class
Student answering in class
Girl examining something in science

Parent Resources

Ms. Martin's Parent Resources Page - here.
Michigan Association for Gifted Children - here.
National Association for Gifted Children - here.
Gifted in Michigan - here.
Supporting Gifted Learners - here.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) - here.
Nancy Bailey blogs about Gifted and Talented - here.

Joshua Raymond writes about the importance 
of gifted education (click on the title)

Important Upcoming Dates for the Avondale GATE Program
  • Nov 1 - Nov 15: INTERNAL (students who live in the Avondale School District or are currently attending Avondale through Schools of Choice) Application Window

  • Nov. 26th: Written assessment completed at the student’s home school with an Avondale GATE teacher.

  • December 13th-14th: Internal Parent Notification

  • January 11th: Letter of intent OR Appeals DUE

  • January 18th: Notification of decision for internal appeals

  • February 6th - March 8th: SCHOOL OF CHOICE application window

  • January 29th 6:30-7:30: SCHOOL OF CHOICE Information Night at Meadows Media Center.

  • February 7th 6:30-7:30: SCHOOL OF CHOICE Information Night at Meadows Media Center.

  • March 11th and 13th: Writing assessment at Woodland Elementary School. (3/11: 1-4pm   & 3/13: 4-6:30pm)

  • March 18th and 20th: Reading MAP test dates at Woodland Elementary School. (3/18:1-4pm   & 3/20: 4-6:30pm)

  • March 25th and 27th: Math MAP test dates at Woodland Elementary School. (3/25: 1-4pm  & 3/27: 4-6:30pm)

  • March 28th: School of Choice Parent Notification

  • April 11th: Letter of intent OR Appeals DUE

  • April 18th: Notification of decision for school of choice appeals

For 2020-2021 Enrollment
Fall 2019: Internal Application window for current Avondale students.
Spring 2020: School of Choice application window for out-of-district applicants.