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    1. Mission StatementKern High School DistrictGifted and Talented Program The mission of the Kern High School District GATE program is to provide appropriate educational opportunities that challenge our brightest students. These students come from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as prior educational settings. The program reflects our concern for divergent thinkers. The first two years of our rigorous curriculum focus on flexible and responsive student inquiry and discovery learning. Additionally, we place an emphasis on creativity through cultural, fine arts and enrichment activities. The program is designed to encourage participation and to enhance superior abilities, talents and/or potential. Our commitment includes instruction toward successful citizenship, high ethical standards and personal development.

    2. Bakersfield High School GATE Orientation MeetingAgenda • Introductions • Definition of GATE/Honors/AP • Identification Process for GATE • GATE at Bakersfield High School • Courses available for your student • “A – G” Requirements • UC Admission Facts for Fall 2012 • BHS Fascinating Facts • Important dates • Student input • Questions

    3. KHSD GATE Identification Process • The Kern High School District mailed out a letter to the parents or guardians of all 8th grade students who will enroll in the KHSD for next year. • Students may be nominated for GATE consideration by: • Their parent • Their teacher/Junior high school • Self nomination • Students are considered for GATE by using a combination of components: • Test scores based on achievement tests taken in the spring • Junior High GPA • Teacher Evaluation • Score on the Otis Lennon test (if applicable) • Official selection and notification of GATE students will occur in late May/ early June. • Parent permission forms are filled out and returned prior to student participation in the GATE program.

    4. Freshman Year GATE English GATE Biology GATE Foreign Language French Spanish GATE Geometry or GATE Advanced Algebra Sophomore Year GATE English GATE World History GATE Foreign Language French or Spanish AP European History AP Psychology (as early as) GATE Advanced Algebra or Honors Precalculus Honors Chemistry Courses Available

    5. Junior Year AP English/Language AP US History Honors Foreign Language French Spanish Honors Chemistry Honors Precalculus or AP Calculus AP Statistics Senior Year AP English/Literature AP Government (one semester) AP Economics (one semester) AP Calculus AB AP Foreign Language French Spanish AP Physics/AP Biology/AP Environmental Science AP Statistics AP Art AP Music Theory Courses Available

    6. Literary Journalism – Blue and White Student Literary Magazine -IKON Yearbook – Oracle Music Choir Concert Band Marching Band Orchestra Forensics Drama Art Student Government Academic Decathlon History Day ROTC Science Bowl Electives

    7. What are “A-G” Requirements? • The "A to G" requirements are the entrance requirements for California's University of California and California State University systems. Entrance requirements for other university systems may vary.Grades of "C" or better are required in all College Preparatory courses • A. History/Social Studies 2 years required • B. English 4 years required • C. Mathematics 3 years required/ 4 recommended • D. Laboratory Science 2 years required/ 3 recommended • E. Language other than English 2 years required/ 3 recommended • F. Visual and Performing Arts 1 year required • G. College Preparatory Electives* 1 year required

    8. UC Freshman Profile Fall 2012SAT +GPA requirements Reading Math Writing GPA Berkeley 6747016924.16 Davis 611658 6324.03 Irvine 5886456114.02 Los Angeles 659702 6814.11 Merced 5255595333.57 Riverside 550595 5663.70 San Diego 6396916614.07 Santa Barbara 614654 6353.96 Santa Cruz 573 5975863.78 www.universityofcalifornia.edu

    9. Fall 2012 UC Admission Facts UC Admit Applicants Admit Rate ACT Composite Score Berkeley 13,26461,71521.5% 30 Davis 22,59649,82645.3% 28 Irvine 23,94756,52542.4% 27 UCLA 16,04972,680 22.1% 30 Merced 10,78914,05576.8%23 Riverside 19,02030,38162.6% 25 San Diego 22,94060,83937.7% 29 Santa Barbara 24,62155,26244.6% 28 Santa Cruz 20,14233,148 60.8% 26

    10. 2012 GATE Star ResultsPercent scoring proficient and above District BHS English 9 G 9088 English 10G 8690 World History 6180 Biology 9377 Geometry 9G 5851 Algebra 1 5662 Algebra 2 (9th) 6876 Algebra 2 (10th) 55 64 Summative Math 5479

    11. Bottom Line • The GATE, Honors, and Advanced Placement Program at Bakersfield High School can make a difference for your student. • The GATE, Honors, and AP courses are natural preparations for the students who want a competitive advantage for University acceptance.

    12. Important Dates2013 • January – Letters mailed to all 8th grade students in the Kern High School District for 2013 - 2014 academic year. • February 22 - GATE Application due date. • Otis-Lennon Test dates: arrive by 8:45 for seating • Liberty High School April 6 9 – 10 Room 802 • Bakersfield High School April 13 9 - 10 Student Cafeteria • Freshman Evening Orientation • April 157 p.m. Harvey Auditorium • Freshman Registration • April 16 - 183 – 6 p.m. Main Cafeteria • June – Parent Notification by mail of GATE placement