Identification Criteria

  • Selection for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program at Bryan can also be determined by a student’s performance in certain courses.  Identification encompasses the following five areas: Intellectual, Academic, Creative, Leadership, and Visual/Performing Arts. Middle school is an opportunity for students to self-select areas that allow them to explore and capitalize on their strengths, display their talents, and excel. Whether it is found in their coursework, a competition, a contest, or an extracurricular activity, a student’s giftedness and/or talents can blossom and develop at Bryan Middle.

    The Nebraska Department of Education Rule 3 requires schools to develop a system to identify learners with high ability. High ability learners are identified for GATE services by meeting indicators for at least 3 of four criteria: 

    COGNITIVE – Top 5% at the school or national level on an intelligence/cognitive test

    ACHIEVEMENT – Top 5% at the school or national level on a standardized grade-level achievement test

    MOTIVATION/PERFORMANCE – “A” or Advanced (ADV) in 60% or more courses on the most recent semester grade report (equivalent to a 3.5 un-weighted GPA) OR qualifying staff referral/recommendation and/or participation.

    CREATIVITY/LEADERSHIP – Qualifying staff referral/recommendation and/ or participation.

    Bryan Middle School offers many academic courses and activities to enrich the regular curriculum.  Our Gifted and Talented Program is designed for students who wish to be challenged through academic competition, honors courses, and special activities.