Gateway Program

Upper Elementary Gateway Program

Talent Development and Advanced Academics works with all elementary schools to support teachers in differentiated instruction and supporting students with options for advanced learning and enrichment. Services include cluster classrooms in grades 3 through 5 at all SoWashCo Elementary schools and the Gateway Program, located at Valley Crossing Elementary School, that is comprised of five classrooms serving selected students in upper elementary. Transportation is provided for students who come from any of the sixteen elementary sites across the district. A grade 3 classroom will be added back in the 2022-23 school year. 

Gateway Mission:

The Gateway program serves students in an all-gifted peer environment using curriculum with increased depth, complexity and pacing as the primary lens for designing instruction.  Gateway immerses students in an intellectually challenging community that encourages academic risk-taking to develop students’ academic potential and supports their social and emotional needs as learners.


This program:

  • Establishes rigorous academic goals that meet and exceed District 833 curriculum
  • Incorporates multiple learning styles and intelligences by compacting and differentiating instruction
  • Fosters higher level thinking in a community of academically astute minds
  • Creates a cohesive peer community of gifted learners


See below for more details on Gateway interest forms and supporting information:

Gifted Education is available to all gifted learners in a cluster classroom in all District 833 neighborhood schools. Please Note: Gateway cluster classroom placements are initiated when families request a review of a student's cluster classroom placement.

 2020-21 Gateway Consideration Process

January 4, 2021

The Gateway Interest Form and supporting documents are available on the Gifted Education website

January 7, 2021 

On Demand Gateway Information Session is available here.

*For parents of students identified as gifted learners in 833, currently in grades 3 and 4

January 15, 2021 at 4:00pm

Third and Fourth Grade Family Gateway Interest Forms due electronically by 4:00 p.m.

*After 4:00pm the Gateway Interest Form will no longer be available on this website. 

February 12, 2021

Learning Environment Placements: Gateway Program or current school cluster classrooms for current third and fourth graders for fall will be mailed to families who submitted Gateway Interest Forms

February 26, 2021, 

Third and fourth grade Family Confirmation of Gateway Learning Environment for the 2021-2022 school year is due 

Information for 2020- 2021: