Our Schools:

G.A.T.E.S.
(Gifted and Talented Educational Services)

District Mission Statement

The Advanced Academics Department, in partnership with parents and community, will provide students a premier education, preparing them to be successful, productive citizens.
 
G.A.T.E.S.
  1. To provide differentiated educational services promoting critical and creative thinking skills.
  2. To engage students in academically challenging and motivating learning opportunities.
  3. To identify and implement best practices in teaching gifted students.
  4. To support the needs of highly able students by providing training for teachers.
 
District Curriculum Philosophy Statement:
 
The curriculum shall develop students abilities to think critically, to communicate effectively, to reason, to solve problems, to value diversity, to seek alternatives, and to learn ways to find answers to questions.
 
At Northwest I.S.D., the education of identified elementary gifted students is based on these six areas of emphasis:
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Research Skills
  • Independent Learning
  • Communication Skills