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Bilhartz, Suzanne
4th/5th Grade Teacher Rm. 107
Sabio, Heidi
3rd Grade Teacher Rm. 301


Elementary Program: Elementary students who are identified as gifted may be served either in their home schools or through magnet programs.  In either case, students receive qualitatively differentiated instruction.  This may be provided through the enrichment strands of the language arts and mathematics programs, special projects, variations on class assignments or accelerated instruction.  Typically, GATE students who remain in their home schools are grouped in clusters to meet their instructional needs.  Students who opt to attend the magnet programs are assigned to classrooms where all students qualify for the GATE program.  Golden Elementary School houses the magnet program for Lakeview. Further information can be viewed at    

Lakeview Elementary School GATE Program

Lakeview Elementary, a California Distinguished school, is proud of its rigorous academic program where all students are highly motivated to excel in their areas of strength and improve in areas where they are challenged. Our goal, for our GATE students, is to provide opportunities to fully develop their interests and strengthen their knowledge, challenge their abilities to reach their full potential, while maintaining a sense of class community.

Lakeview's GATE program provides opportunities for its GATE identified and high achieving students in all curricular areas through the use of differentiated instruction, curriculum compacting, and walk to read groupings. GATE students at Lakeview are clustered within the regular education classroom with teachers who have been trained in instructional differentiation. Clustering provides students the opportunity to have higher level and more complex discussions with fellow GATE and high achieving classmates. In the cluster setting, GATE and high achieving students have the opportunity to compact the regular class curriculum and progress through the standard text at a faster pace or receive next grade level supplemental materials on focused concept areas in math and language arts.  All students, from the identified gifted to the learning challenged have abundant opportunities to have their academic needs met. Together with our regular population, our 4th and 5th grade GATE students are encouraged to continue to reach their full academic potential.

In addition to the classroom curriculum, GATE identified students at Lakeview have the opportunity to participate in Lakeview’s Lion Pride.  Lion Pride members hold frequent meetings where they are provided with enrichment activities that cover all academic areas.  Activities scheduled for this year include Battle of the Books, Silent Flight art contest, Lego Mindstorms Robotics, technology studies, photography, real life math lab, Read Across America interactive learning board presentations, poetry unit, chemistry & biology academies, “garb-ology” artwork, school wide play, classroom test preparation interactive learning board presentations and school wide assembly.