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Accelerated Program

Characteristics of Giftedness



Jefferson's GATE/ACC Program

Jefferson has a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)/Accelerated program.GATE/Accelerated teachers implement a rigorous and challenging instructional program for our GATE/ACC students.  Students in these sections receive differentiated instruction. GATE teachers receive 45 hours of certification in strategies that are useful for meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted learners. Teachers implement these strategies into the core curriculum to challenge students to reach their full potential.



  • Maintain a quarterly grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in core subjects: English, History, Math, and Science/Health
  • No F in any subject, no U in any subject

NOTE:  All placements may be reviewed each semester to ensure that each student is progressing in a manner consistent with his/her potential. Should the review reveal that a student is not making consistent progress; a conference to discuss interventions will be scheduled with parents, teachers, and an administrator. Failure to improve in academic standing may result in a change of placement. 

Our Classrooms


Our GATE Teachers

6th Grade

Ms. Brooks

Mr. Clark

Mr. Shidler

Ms. Tun

Ms. Kinder

Mrs. Zavatsky

Core Classes


7th Grade - Ms. Pina

8th Grade - Mr. Gaschen



7th - Mrs. Croft

8th - Mr. Verduzco

8th - Ms. Rodriguez



7th - Mrs. Scharfe

8th - Mr. Ferren



7th - Mr. Curry

8th - Ms. Moreno