Advanced Learning and Differentiation



Ensuring that all students feel a sense of belonging and participate in rigorous and engaging learning is paramount to student success. In IUSD, students have access to differentiated learning experiences in all grades. Differentiation means tailoring learning experiences, or instruction, to meet the needs of all students.Teachers may differentiate the content, process, product, or learning environment to best serve small groups or individuals. 


In addition to differentiated instruction, IUSD's GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program is designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of advanced learners. Research tells us that gifted children demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or achievement in one or more domains while possessing unique and diverse learning characteristics.They often have highly creative abilities, strong memories, and subtle or mature senses of humor. Some, but not all, gifted students love the learning process and crave knowledge and understanding across a broad spectrum of topics. IUSD's GATE program is committed to providing a comprehensive educational model that meets the diverse and varied needs of each gifted student. IUSD program options serve students in 4th through 6th grades and are grounded in current research and best practices in the field of gifted education.


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Elementary School Programs

IUSD offers two programs to serve advanced learning in 4th through 6th grades, GATE and APAAS.


Below is information regarding IUSD's Middle School Gifted and Advanced Learning programs.


IUSD high schools offer a comprehensive program that includes a variety of options for the advanc

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