Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
Educators and administrators of the Fort Smith School District are committed to providing a rigorous academic environment to meet the educational needs of advanced learners. Gifted programming is an ongoing process through which we develop the emerging strengths of each identified students in intellect, motivation, and creativity. By offering differentiated instruction and opportunities, the students will become competent and productive citizens.
The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program provides enrichment and advanced learning opportunities to students who have been identified as having or possessing the potential for academic gifts and talents. Through classes designed to meet the unique needs of these students and taught by GT specialists, skills in high-order thinking, creativity, and leadership are developed and enhanced along with career exploration matching individual interests and abilities. Learning activities are differentiated for the students in choice of content, process, and product. In addition, students may participate in academic competitions.
The structure of these classes progresses as follows:
Elementary: weekly pull-out sessions
Junior High: daily special class and pre-Advanced Placement classes
Senior High: pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement classes.
GATE Program Handbook Spanish
Frequently Asked Questions
Events and Activities
Programming - Curriculum - Instruction
Staff and Parent Information and Resources
Parker Center Gate Program Staff (479-784-8182, phone extensions are in parentheses)
Mary Bellah, Supervisor of Special Programs (3514)
Toni Bullard, Secretary to Supervisor (3562)
Advanced Placement Supervisor
Dr. Ginni McDonald, Director of Secondary Education (479-785-2501, ext. 1262)