At International Virtual Learning Academy (IVLA), we understand the unique needs of gifted and talented students. To meet these needs, we have created an online program intended for children with exceptional abilities. IVLA’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program provides learning enrichment, fosters critical thinking, encourages creative problem-solving skills, and facilitates cooperative learning opportunities with other gifted students.
Students are initially identified through a test appropriate to each grade level. Review of academic achievement is also considered in determining placement.
Gifted and Talented – Elementary
IVLA has designed advanced math and language arts online courses for gifted learners in grades 3-5. GATE students will work on an accelerated track in preparation for more advanced course work in middle school and an Honors/AP track for high school.
Gifted and Talented – Middle School
Gifted students in grades 6 – 8 will have the opportunity to earn high school credit in the areas of math, English and foreign language. Placement will be determined through aptitude screening in each area. If placed, students in grades 6 – 8 have the opportunity to earn up to 5 high school credits.
Weekly Gifted and Talented Online Classes
All IVLA gifted grade 3-8 students meet weekly with a Gifted and Talented Specialist who will guide them in challenging project-based learning activities suited for their grade level and abilities. During these meetings, students work with other gifted students to enhance higher-level thinking skills.
Through coordination among our program administrators, teachers, Gifted and Talented Specialist, IVLA provides the following services to gifted students:
- Learning at the higher cognitive levels for intellectually gifted students
- Accelerated mathematics and language arts instruction
- Exposure to experiences, materials, and information beyond what is offered through the regular curriculum at a student’s particular grade level.
- Interaction with other gifted and talented students through weekly meetings hosted by the GATE Specialist
If you have a gifted student, contact IVLA today to learn how our GATE program can help your student reach their potential!
What is “gifted”?
The federal definition of gifted is as follows:
“The term ‘gifted and talented,” when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.”
(No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 (Title IX, Part A, Definition 22) (2002); 20 USC 7801(22) (2004))
What is GATE?
GATE stands for Gifted And Talented Education. IVLA refers to its program for gifted students as the GATE program.
How is GATE eligibility determined?
Eligibility is determined through a compilation of measurements. IVLA will administer a nationally recognized GATE test that is appropriate to the student’s grade level. These test scores along with previous school records and a parent questionnaire will be reviewed to determine eligibility for the program. To maintain the integrity of the test, we will not release the name of the test until it is administered to the student.
If my student was in GATE in another program, will they still need to be tested?
Yes. Due to the fluctuation in the determinations by different school districts, IVLA will need to administer our own test and measures to determine eligibility.
How often can they be retested if they do not show eligibility?
Students can be tested once a year. If students do not qualify, they may take the test again in 12 months.
Are there attendance requirements?
Yes. Students in the GATE program are required to attend weekly meetings with their GATE specialist in a virtual classroom. During these meetings, GATE students will be working as a team on projects.
What is the difference between your GATE program and your regular program?
Students with the GATE program will have all the resources of our regular program. Students will work at an advanced level and likely take additional courses. Also, they will work with a GATE specialist each week as they complete projects with other GATE students.