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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program at JMS

The Torrance Unified School District and Jefferson Middle School prides ourselves on our academic excellence and the high achievement of our students. The goal of our GATE program is to identify students with exceptional abilities and then to cultivate and enrich their growth to the fullest of each student's potential. Jefferson provides both differentiated learning experiences within classroom and enrichment learning opportunities outside of the classroom through our TUSD GATE program and on-site GATE Parent Advisory Committee support. 

At the middle school level, acceleration course opportunities are available. Placement decisions for hyper-compacted mathematic courses are  made based upon portfolios and a variety of assessments reviewed by the math team and administration. GATE students frequently participate in this pathway, however, GATE identification is not part of the placement criteria. In eighth grade, students who demonstrate advanced learning may meet criteria to take course/s at the high school. Additionally, Jefferson offers alternative enrichment opportunities for GATE students, ranging from extension and enrichment tutorials, participation in Math Counts team and math competitions to our 1st Lego Robotics league, circuitry sessions, and leadership camps.

2017 JMS Parent GATE Advisory Field Trip to UCLA

2017 JMS Parent GATE Advisory Field Trip to UCLA

JMS After School GATE Enrichment Sessions

The 16-17 GATE Enrichment Session Dates are as follows:

Month / Year


6th Grade

7th/8th Grade


October 2016


Tuesday, October 25th

Wednesday, October 26th

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29th

Wednesday, November 30th

January 2017

Tuesday, January 24th

Wednesday, January 25th

February 2017

Tuesday, February 21st

Wednesday, February 22nd

March 2017

Tuesday, March 28th

Wednesday, March 29th

April 2017

Tuesday, April 25th

Wednesday, April 26th

It is Important to Note the Following:

  1. Dates are subject to change.
  2. The "Themes" for each Enrichment Session is noted in the table below. 
  3. Jefferson has a large population of GATE students and can only take up to 30 students per grade level session. Invitations are distributed during homeroom and additionally emailed out to families. The first 30 students returning the invitation by the stated deadline will participate in the session activity.

JMS After School Enrichment Session Themes for 16-17


Parent Resources

* Please be advised that TUSD or JMS does not endorse either the content or views of the outside sites listed.


JMS Presentations:

Organizations, Websites, and E-Newsletters:

  • California Association for the Gifted (CAG) www.cagifted.org  - CAG is a state-wide non-profit organization serving parents, students, and teachers of California's high potential students. Membership is required to access the majority of materials but does include an e-subscription to the Gifted Education Communicator and a discount to the annual conference.


  • National Association for the Gifted (NAGC) www.nagc.org
    NAGC is the largest non-profit organization serving both parents and educators. NACC sponsors an annual conference and additionally provides resources and monthly articles covering relevant topics related to GATE. 


  • Hoagies' Gifted is a comprehensive web site specifically for parents seeking additional information regarding gifted programs and resources. The website was started and continues to be run by a parent who was seeking support with her own gifted children.


  • The Gifted Education Press Quarterly is a e-newsletter for parents and educators of gifted children.


  • The Greater Los Angeles Gifted Children's Association (GLAGCA) The Greater Los Angeles Gifted Children's Association  - A local organization with a focus on supporting teachers working with our GATE students.                                                                                                                 
  • Orange County Council for Gifted and Talented Education - The OC Council for GATE Education is an organization designed to support teachers. Parents may also find valuable resources on this site. The organization hosts a Fall GATE conference, check the final agenda on the website prior to enrolling to ensure parent choices are offered. 

Book Resources:

  • The Highly Sensitive Child, Helping our Children Thrive when the World Overwhelms Them, By Elain N.Aron, Ph.D
  • The Strong Sensitive Boy, By Elain N. Aron, Ph.D
  • Living with Intensity, By Susan Daniels
  • When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers, By Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith
  • Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers, By James T. Webb and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth 
  • 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids, By Christine Fonseea