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Welcome to the GATE Program. The Gifted and Talented Education Program in Ocean View School District offers four different formats, depending on each school and the needs of those students.

Although the programs are different, they all are based on state approved standards for GATE in California.

Students are identified and placed in the program based on multiple criteria, and site committee review in accordance with guidlines set forth by the state.

Curriculum for GATE students is differentiated in many ways to accomodate our varied population. GATE is not just enrichment, it is educational opportunities given to students who are advanced well beyond their peers, and seeks to enhance learning on core standards of the state while challenging these students to pursue their interests and use their talents to the fullest.

Please find on this website and those of the individual schools, which are linked below, information that will help you understand why and how education for gifted students is vital to their learning, and how we in Ocean View School District seek to understand these students and assist with their learning as we touch their minds each day.

GATE Student Identification

about 1 year ago

Ocean View Identifies GATE Students Using Multi-Criteria.
Students are recommended  for the GATE Program by teachers, parents, themselves, or test score review. 
Review of the following criteria is done by a school site committee, after the site psychologist compiles the scores.  For more information on this process please follow the link to the Ocean View School District GATE Website.
Testing is primarily done in the spring, with some follow-up in the fall.
Students  entering Ocean View are eligible pending Identification Verification by previous district.
If you have questions about your particular child or this process, please consult with your child's teacher.

Tierra Vista GATE Program 2017-2018

about 1 year ago

What-students will be learning to make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself which will help them reach much levels of achievement and success. 

Why- to encourage students to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration and work through the creative process. To motivate them to become the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st Century!       

How-through the integration of STEAM and Growth Mindset. STEAM and Growth Mindset concepts complement and reinforce each other perfectly, It provides them the tools to help them cope with challenges that arise disappointment that arises when their great idea doesn’t quite work out the way they wanted or when they feel threatened by other students who have “better” ideas, and feel defeated rather than inspired.


Growth mindset encourages exactly the kind of positive thinking that will help with STEAM challenges.

For example, growth mindset thinking teaches us that:

-mistakes help us learn

-we can persevere through unexpected problems and disappointments

-sometimes, it takes several tries to solve a problem


Growth mindset concepts also foster an inner dialogue that is essential for STEAM exploration.

For example:

-I can always improve.

-I’m on the right track.

-I can keep trying even when it’s hard.


about 1 year ago

What is STEAM?

As defined by Susan Riley, an Arts Integration Specialist, STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding students’ inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st Century!                                                                                     

This interdisciplinary approach has helped create innovations like the iPhone, the original laptop computer, and is even revolutionazing cooking in third world countries and improving air quality as a result.

It helps students:

  • Ask questions
  • Connect the dots
  • Problem solve
  • Think creatively
  • Be innovative

 Why is STEAM Important?

STEAM allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal.  STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation.

Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself.  We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.  School doesn’t have to be a place, but rather a frame of mind that uses the Arts as a lever to explosive growth, social-emotional connections, and the foundation for the innovators of tomorrow…today!

About Growth Mindset

about 1 year ago

What is Growth Mindset?

A growth mindset comes from the belief that your abilities and intelligence are things that can develop and grow with effort.

 A person who has a growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence, but as a springboard for growth and for stretching their own abilities.

 People who have a Growth Mindset

  • Embrace challenges
  • Persist in adversity
  • See that effort lead to mastery
  • Learn from criticism
  • Find inspiration in the success of others

 The Importance of Growth Mindset?

According to Dweck’s research, people who have a growth mindset reach much higher levels of achievement and success. 

 What is a Fixed Mindset?

A fixed mindset comes from the belief that your qualities and abilities are a static given and cannot be developed in any real meaningful way.

A person who has a fixed mindset spends time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.  They think that talent is all they need to create success and that effort won’t make a big difference.

 People who have a Fixed Mindset

  • Avoid challenges
  • Give up easily
  • See effort as useless
  • Ignore constructive criticism
  • Feel threaten by the success of others

  Developing a Growth Mindset Video