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Our Mission


The mission of the GATE program is to maximize and foster the learning potential of gifted and talented students through a specialized curriculum that is responsive to individual learning strengths and styles.  Caine and Caine (1991) state that “intelligence is fluid, not fixed; thus, it is important to provide students with rich learning experiences.”  With this concept in mind, Dorchester Two’s GATE curriculum offers opportunities for critical and creative thinking while creating a learning atmosphere that encourages and promotes intellectual growth, inquiry, and problem solving.  Moreover, the GATE program is designed to stimulate and challenge the academically gifted and talented learner through a differentiated teaching approach by incorporating the state curriculum standards and state gifted curriculum goals through enrichment and acceleration of content.

Program Description


In accordance with the regulations stated in the South Carolina Department of Education.


Elementary Grades 3 and 4

Content-based; GATE Math & English/Language Art
*content/curriculum enrichment

Grade 5

Content-based; GATE Math & English/Language Arts 
*classes are accelerated by one year

Middle Grades 6 and 7

Content-based; GATE Math & English/Language Arts  *classes are accelerated by one year Science & Social Studies          
*content/curriculum enrichment

Grade 8

Content-based; Advanced GT and Honors Math & English/Language Arts      
*classes are accelerated by one year                                
Science & Social Studies
           
*content/curriculum enrichment

High Offers selected honors courses.  See high school guides for information.