|5th Grade FAQs|
Question: If my child does not qualify for GATE in 4th grade, can he/she be re-assessed for the 5th grade GATE program the following year?
Answer: Students who do not qualify in 4th grade may be re-evaluated in 5th grade, based on a score of advanced in Language Arts or Math on the California Standards Test, administered in the Spring of 4th grade. Parents/guardians will be notified about the 5th grade GATE test.
Question: What is the GATE test?
Answer: The GATE test is called the Cognitive Abilities Test which is an aptitude test that measures higher level thinking and reasoning skills. The test, lasting about three hours, measures specific abilities within the following cognitive areas: 1. verbal or ability to solve word problems 2. quantitative or the ability to solve number problems 3. non-verbal or the ability to solve spatial problems.
Question: When is the test and when will parents be notified of the results?
Answer: The 5th grade GATE test will be given during the week of September 20-23, 2010, and results will be available sometime in early October. Parents/guardians are notified via letter home regarding eligibility for the gifted program. At this time, parents are also invited to attend an informational meeting regarding the GATE program and participation options.
Question: When is the GATE informational meeting and when will the program start at my child’s school?
Answer: The Hope District Parent GATE Information Night is scheduled for late October and parents/guardians of newly qualified 5th grade GATE students will be invited to hear an overview about the district’s GATE program and meet the GATE resource teacher, Carrie Garner. Each school, along with the GATE resource teacher, decides on the start date of the GATE program and the subject topics. The program usually starts in early to mid October, after testing is completed.
Question: What is the 5th Grade GATE Program and how often do students meet?
Answer: The 5th Grade GATE program is a specially designed curriculum, based on state standards in content areas with a strong focus on science. Its goal is to challenge students to extend academic achievement, become creative problem solvers, develop positive leadership skills, respect the needs of society and their community, and use a variety of technologies as tools to access and communicate information for higher intellectual thinking. The 5th grade GATE students meet once a week for 90 minutes with the GATE resource teacher. Past in-depth science topics have included cell and plant biology, planaria regeneration labs, live crayfish/animal behavior studies, and chemistry. Students will keep a folder of their science lab work, do self-evaluations of their work and receive teacher evaluations. GATE does not assign number grades on student report cards.
Question: If my child is in the Hope School District GATE Program, will he/she need to be re-tested for junior high?
Answer: Currently, once a child is identified the placement remains valid through secondary school in the Santa Barbara Secondary School District. The Santa Barbara Secondary School GATE Program has academic requirements for students to remain in junior high and high school GATE classes. Districts outside Santa Barbara have varying criteria for GATE.
Question: If my child was identified in another school district, may he/she be identified as GATE in the Hope District?
Answer: Gate is not a mandated program in California. Each district develops its own criteria for identification. Eligible students must meet the GATE identification criteria established by the Hope School District.
Question: If my child is not eligible for the Hope District GATE program in grades 4-6, can he/she be re-assessed for the junior high GATE program?
Answer: Yes, current 6th grade students who did not qualify for the Hope District Elementary GATE program will have the opportunity to take the junior high GATE test given by the Santa Barbara Secondary School District in the spring to determine their eligibility for 7th grade GATE placement.
|Reminder for Parents|
The first day of school for the 2013-14 school year will be August 26, 2013. Meet the teacher will be the afternoon of August 23. Have a safe and happy summer!
The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope District Board Room, 3970 La Colina Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
Fall 2013 Kindergarten registration for students who live within the Hope District attendance area and will be 5 years old on or before October 1, 2013 will take place in February 2013. Please visit your neighborhood school during the week of February 11-14 to pick up registration materials.
Please Click Here for Kindergarten registration information in English and Spanish.
The Hope School District offers a Transitional Kindergarten program for students who will have their fifth birthday between October 2 and December 2, 2013.
Please Click Here For Information about the program.
The Hope School District serves students who live within district attendance boundaries. The district residency policy BP 5111.1 outlines criteria for residency requirements. Please click here for the district residency policy.
|Open Enrollment Policy|
The recent passage of the Open Enrollment Act requires districts to adopt a policy for interdistrict attendance under the Open Enrollment Act.
Please click here to view Administrative Regulation 5117.1 Interdistrict Attendance: Open Enrollment Act ("OEA Transfers").
|Economic Impact Aid|
SB 754 requires school districts to post Economic Impact Aid (EIA) expenditures and related fiscal information on their website as a condition of receipt for future EIA funding. This posting must be in compliance with certification rules in the Consolidated Application related to this requirement. The posting includes financial data for fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13.
|Comments for Trustees|
The Board of Trustees welcomes comments from our district parents and community members. A feedback form for your comments is available here (click). Please return the completed form to the district office. Thank you.
|General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee|
|The Bylaws for the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee were adopted by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on November 8, 2010.
The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee met on June 6, 2012.