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G.A.T.E. Classes Go Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!

“Let us make our future now and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality".
– Malala Yousafzai
Nobel Prize Winner

Such is our mantra in our G.A.T.E. classes’ S.T.E.A.M. Enrichment curriculum. Both in our academic and social learning, we strive to inspire self-esteem, curiosity and intellectual growth. Our classrooms transform into idea labs for Science, Technology and Engineering, the Arts and Math…now there’s a winning combination!

We encourage “out of the box” problem-solving and collaborative skills in projects allowing students to question, learn and invent through critical thinking and loads of imagination. Project-based learning becomes our culture, not an afterthought.

Truly passionate about educating the leaders of tomorrow, we delight in watching our students continue to win acclaim in national and local contests as we

- Research and emulate art masters of the past and present
- Write and illustrate our own literary masterpieces in the vain of Ezra Jack Keats
- Discuss and analyze Junior Great Books literature as we apply morals and open-ended stories to our own lives
- Share thinking strategies for solving advanced Math Olympiad brainteasers
- Prepare Science Projects (experiments, constructions, and research) for schoolwide and New York City Science Expos

Here’s to even more successes for G.A.T.E. classes in 2018!

Marilyn Friedman
GATE Enrichment Teacher

The Joyce Theater's Education department at work in a classroom at PS 174.


- Enrichment websites include:

- (intended for upper grade students)

- (brainy toys for kids of all ages)

- www.renzullilearning .com




Gifted and Talented Education – GATE Curriculum Guide

Our GATE teachers are truly giving their all to see that our wonderfully gifted students are exposed to the highest levels of learning.
We encourage divergent thinking, creative problem solving, research, and interclass collaboration to support the intellectual needs of each and every student. We encourage all our students to engage in family conversations that communicate their daily class activities and accomplishments.

We are compacting curriculum while supporting a review of grade appropriate basic math skills together with an acceleration that includes above grade work. Using the program Go Math and customized extensions, our skill-based math curriculum is aligned not only with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but also with those of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). These standards address mathematics and its role in everyday life.

Students have access to computer e-based learning. Each child in GATE Grades 1-5 will have a password and username for Ten Marks Math, a program for math fluency and engagement, encouraging automaticity with math facts.  This program is personalized for each learner, presenting math concepts for every grade in manageable sections. Ten Marks Math is an award-winning program that has four components to its philosophy - practice, instruction, assessment and intervention.

For our literacy curriculum, in addition to following our Common Core State Standards through Columbia University’s Teachers College Units of Study, we are going above and beyond by enhancing reading and writing.  Read-alouds, accountable talk and analysis of stories are some of the components stressed within the literacy program. These various genres link our students to current issues and real world connections stressing non-fiction and real-life applications in writing.

Thematic units throughout the grades in support of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) collaborating with informal educational institutions (museums).  In addition, Marilyn Friedman will be heading a special strand of Project Based Learning for all GATE classes aligned to the Common Core Standards.

There will be several residency programs this year, Carnegie Hall, Joyce Theater, New Victory Theater, to name a few.  Details will be given throughout the year.