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Avondale GATE Program

School Choice
Schools of Choice Option 
(students not residing in the Avondale School District)
Avondale GATE Gifted and Talented Program

Application Window for the 2019-2020 school year
February 6, 2019 - March 7, 2019

Check back for additional information and applications.
Welcome to Avondale Gifted and Talented!

Lead Teacher Ms. Kate Martin
Click here for Ms. Martin's website
Download Ms. Martin's latest classroom newsletter here.

Teacher Ms. Michelle Gierman
Click here for Ms. Gierman's website
Download the latest Student Scoop from Ms. Gierman's class here.

Teacher Crissa King 

Woodland Elementary Principal Arryn Schneider

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator 

Download the program brochure here.

Avondale GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Program

Giftedness occurs in many different disciplines, 
in many different cultures, and in all socioeconomic levels. Identification should be based on multiple measures of success, including achievement and aptitude tests, teacher referrals and observations, parent referrals, and portfolio submissions.

Students identified as gifted, no matter what area of giftedness, deserve to be challenged and helped to reach their full potential. Gifted students should be offered the chance to expand their knowledge base and develop their special talents.

Differentiation of gifted learners should occur in the classroom, including offering different content, process, and products for these learners.

Gifted students' social and emotional needs should also be addressed as they may develop in different ways than their peers. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Avondale GATE program is to provide a positive learning environment in which academically gifted children are nurtured and supported.

Guiding Principles
Educational experiences fit the needs for each student
Ability based and mixed age academic groupings
Support for the social and emotional needs of student population

Key Values
High academic standards
Individual learning paths unique to each student

Woodland Elementary
Current Program Location: Woodland Elementary
6465  Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48098

Meadows Learning Center
Future Location (beginning in 2019-20)
Meadows Learning Center

1435 W. Auburn Road

Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about the Avondale GATE program moving to Meadows.

Parent Resources
Ms. Martin's Parent Resources Page - here.
Michigan Association for Gifted Children - here.
National Association for Gifted Children - here.
Gifted in Michigan - here.
Supporting Gifted Learners - here.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) - here.
Nancy Bailey blogs about Gifted and Talented - here.

Joshua Raymond writes about the importance
of gifted education (click on the title)

Important Upcoming Dates for the Avondale GATE Program
  • Nov 1 - Nov 15: INTERNAL (students who live in the Avondale School District or are currently attending Avondale through Schools of Choice) Application Window

  • Nov. 26th: Written assessment completed at the student’s home school with an Avondale GATE teacher.

  • December 13th-14th: Internal Parent Notification

  • January 11th: Letter of intent OR Appeals DUE

  • January 18th: Notification of decision for internal appeals

  • January 29th 6:30-7:30: SCHOOL OF CHOICE Information Night at Meadows Media Center.

  • February 7th 6:30-7:30: SCHOOL OF CHOICE Information Night at Meadows Media Center.

  • Early February, 2019: SCHOOL OF CHOICE application window opens for 30 days

  • February 12th 10:30-11:00 and 2:00-2:30: Classroom observations for new applicants(@ Woodland classrooms)

  • February 28th 10:30-11:00 and 2:00-2:30: Classroom observations for new applicants (@ Woodland classrooms)

  • March 11th and 13th: Writing assessment. Location/times TBD.

  • March 18th and 20th: Reading MAP test dates. Location/times TBD.

  • March 25th and 27th: Math MAP test dates. Location/times TBD.

  • April 10th-11th: School of Choice Parent Notification

  • May 10th: Letter of intent OR Appeals DUE

  • May 17th: Notification of decision for school of choice appeals