The Francisco Middle School GATE Program focuses on developing critical thinking skills to promote independent learning experiences beyond the core curriculum. All grades offer challenging classes, special projects, and artistic and cultural activities. Students learn to analyze information and communicate creatively and effectively. Leadership skills are developed through a variety of independent and cooperative learning methods. GATE identified students are placed in honors classes or GATE clusters. All teachers strive to provide a differentiated curriculum, offering opportunities for students to explore their interests and develop the widest possible range of abilities.
Honors Language Arts and Social Studies Classes
Literature based curriculum in accordance with the California State Standards
Independent reading and journal writing
Honors Math and Science Classes
Complex problem solving projects and creative applications
Special Enrichment and Support Programs
Fully equipped computer lab, with video equipment and a full time Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist
EETT grant, provides interactive white boards in three classes. Teachers receive extensive training in teaching writing and the use of the boards.
Fund For Teachers grant, provides two interactive white boards and training for three teachers.
Full music program: three daily classes of orchestra, two piano classes
Peer Resources elective: helping to improve the social climate of the school by training students to mediate interpersonal conflicts, mentoring younger students, and educating the wider student body about issues of interest and concern
Art elective: hands-on field trips to LeRoy Neiman art studio at Pier 9
ALEKS: an online math tutorial program
North Beach-Chinatown Beacon programs:
California State Award Winning Physical Education program
Annual 6th grade camping trip
Business and community partnerships with Levi-Strauss, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, Chinatown Youth Center, Community Educational Services, Asian American Communities for Education, San Francisco School Volunteers, Presidio YMCA