Katherine L. Albiani Middle School

Mission Statement:

The EGUSD program for gifted, talented, and high potential students will discover and nurture students with an exceptional level of performance in diverse areas of expression.  The program will equitably and collaboratively engage students and their families to access rigorous instruction with support for intellectual, social, and emotional needs.

 ~Program Description~

The gifted and talented represent a segment of the student body whose learning capacity and thinking ability requires a unique educational program designed to meet their needs.

GATE students at Katherine L. Albiani Middle School have the opportunity to attend a variety of accelerated and honors courses. These classes address California standards while engaging students in challenging environments that emphasize independent learning, cooperative learning, and promote high level thinking skills.  GATE and other advanced achieving students are challenged with a curriculum based on in-depth and high-paced subject study with increased subject complexity and creativity throughout the program.

Parents and students are responsible for working with teachers and counselors to determine the classes which will help the student realize his or her utmost potential. 

Honors and accelerated classes have an open enrollment policy and are not limited to just GATE students. 

Students identified as GATE have shown exceptional achievement in one of the following abilities: Cognitive, Academic, Leadership, Creativity, or Visual & Performing Arts. 

~Honors & Accelerated Courses~

 Foreign Language classes are offered in Spanish, French, and Japanese.  These are high school level classes that count towards students’ graduation requirements as well as the UC A-F course list.

 7th Grade Math Accelerated is an accelerated math course for the student who not only is advanced in the math skills and understanding, but who can move through the math standards at a faster pace. The CA framework suggests this “compacted” pathway in which the standards from grade seven, grade eight, and the Mathematics I course be compressed into an accelerated pathway. Students will complete all 7th grade standards and the first half of the 8th grade standards. This course leads to the completion of high school Mathematics I by the end of 8th grade, but does not skip any grade-level standards along the way.

Mathematics I is a continuation of the 7th Grade Math: Accelerated course. To enroll in Mathematics I students must have successfully completed the 7th Grade Math: Accelerated course. This course is the first course in a series of three that uses an integrated approach to cover the following domains: Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The problem situations, models, and technology used will foster connections to the Eight Standards of Mathematical Practice, which develop concepts from multiple perspectives. Mathematics I topics focus on the interconnectedness of function elements, tables, graphs, and equations; comparison and contrast and decision-making using Algebraic models; proving Geometric theorems about two dimensional figures; and modeling using mathematical probability. Technology will be used to introduce and expand upon all areas of focus. This course allows students to enter Mathematics II in Grade 9.

Honors English/Language Arts (ELA) goes beyond grade level expectations with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. Students will study various genres including the short story, novel, drama, biography, poetry, and informational materials, as wells as strengthen their writing skills in narrative, expository, and argumentative.

These courses provide rigorous and challenging curriculum that is enriching for high achieving students.  The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus. Honors students are involved with more in depth thematic research units, engage in many Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) strategies, debates, Socratic Seminars, as well as study more challenging texts and concepts surrounding censorship, the Holocaust, and William Shakespeare’s comedic plays. 

Honors History/Social Science courses will probe deeper into the causes and effects of historical events through the use of critical thinking skills.  These skills will be developed through supplemental readings, primary and secondary sources, analyzing artifacts and written sources, argumentative writing, and addressing various points of view.

 7th grade: Students will study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the years A.D. 300–1789.   All units will be taught within a structured format to present the essential elements of government, religion, economics, achievements, and geography.

8th grade: Students will view American history through the lens of a people who were trying—and are still trying—to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Students will confront the themes of freedom, equality, and liberty and their changing definitions over time. This course will also explore the geography of place, movement, and region, starting with the Atlantic Seaboard and then exploring American westward expansion and economic development, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Industrialization

This placement will prepare students for success in both rigorous Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school.

~Elective Courses~

Electives are another way for GATE students to expand their learning and challenge themselves.  Here are some electives offered at KAMS:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Art
  • AVID (application required)
  • Band (beginning & jazz)
  • Computer tech
  • Dance
  • Digital Photography
  • Forensics
  • Guitar
  • Languages: Spanish, French, Japanese
  • Leadership (application required)
  • KAMS TV Journalism
  • Robotics
  • Theatre Arts: Drama, Stagecraft,  & Musical Theatre
  • Video Production
  • Yearbook (application required)

Other Opportunities for involvement include:

  • CSU Sacramento Academic Talent Search
  • Math Olympiad (8th graders)
  • Mathlete Competitions
  • PSAT (offered to all 8th graders in the fall)
  • Spelling Bee
  • MESA


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