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Mr. Dinkelman
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AP/Honors GATE

Program Overview

Welcome to the Etiwanda High School Advanced Placement and Gifted And Talented Education programs. Both programs are provided to challenge students academically with a more rigorous and challenging educational experience. Due to the academic rigor of both programs, students earn an extra grade point for Honors and AP courses (a five-point grading system is used). Many of these courses have summer assignments. Please check the summer assignments page (Tab on the left of this page).  If you have any questions about either program please contact the GATE Coordinator Mr. Dinkelman at brian.dinkelman@cjuhsd.net.


GATE Philosophy and Goals

 The Board of Trustees of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District believes that all students deserve an education that challenges them to meet their fullest potential. To that end, the Board of Trustees has provided our gifted and talented student’s opportunities for learning that are commensurate with their particular abilities and talents.    (CJUHSD Board Policy 2090.1 – December, 2006)

The primary goal for gifted education is to provide a curriculum that recognizes and responds to the needs, interests, and abilities of gifted students, offers continuous progress and translates potential into performance.  (California Association for the Gifted)

GATE Identification Criteria

The Superintendent or designee shall identify as gifted and talented any student who enters from a district in which he/she was identified as a gifted and talented student.

If a student has not already been previously GATE-identified, he/she may qualify by any one of the following options:

  • If a student has a middle school academic GPA of 3.5 or higher, he/she may be invited to an interview with the GATE Coordinator at the school site to determine placement in appropriate honors courses.
  • If a student has a middle school academic GPA of 3.49 or less, the student and the parent may request that the student be assessed by taking the approved test for GATE identification.

Regardless of the criteria used to identify GATE students, all students must submit a GATE application. All students may be required to attend an interview/information session prior to entering high school. Written consent shall be secured from a student’s parent/guardian before he/she participates in the program.

Students identified and placed in the GATE program have the opportunity to take one or more Honors classes in various academic areas. The course content is taught at an advanced ideological level, and books and supplementary materials are selected to challenge gifted students.



In addition to Honors classes, students may take Advanced Placement courses in a wide variety of subjects, including English, history, government, calculus, economics, science, and foreign languages.

In accordance with CollegeBoard, Etiwanda High School encourages all students who are willing and academically prepared to take Advanced Placement classes. There is no testing or identification policy required to take an Advanced Placement course.

AP courses offer college-level curriculum on the high school campus. Upon successful completion of the national examinations in May of each year, students may earn college credit and/or advanced standing at many colleges. Please contact the college you are planning on attending if you have questions if they accept Advanced Placement Courses and test results.


Teachers in the GATE program as well as Advanced Placement participate in continued professional development to assist them in creating curriculum that is challenging and interesting to students on a variety of levels.

Summer Reading List for Advanced Placement and Honors/GATE

Teachers in the Honors/AP program advocate year-round reading both for pleasure and for improvement of vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Voracious readers become top scholars. To this end, we urge students to read widely, both fiction and non-fiction. Many students choose to read all the selections on their Summer Reading lists.

Summer Before Grade Nine
Students are to read:
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Required) and read at least one of the following:

  1. Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
  2. The Chosen - Chaim Potok
  3. Bless Me Ultima- Rudolpho Anaya
  4. Rain of Gold- Victor Villaseñor
  5. China Boy- Gus Lee
  6. Nectar in a Sieve-Kamala Markandaya

Summer Before Grade Ten
Students are to read:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and at least one of the following:

  1. A Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. Snow- Orhan Pamuk
  3. The Firebrand- Marion Zimmer Bradley
  4. The Once and Future King- T.H. White
  5. Wild Swans- Jung Chang

Summer Before Grade Eleven (AP English III)
Students are to read either Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin or Walden – Henry David Thoreau and read and at least one of the following works:
Woman Warrior- Maxine Hong Kingston

  1. House Made of Dawn- N. Scott Momaday
  2. No No Boy- John Okada
  3. Beloved- Toni Morrison
  4. Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father- Richard Rodriguez
  5. Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston

Summer Before Grade Twelve (AP English IV)
Students are to read Hamlet-William Shakespeare and watch the film version (starring Mel Gibson) and read at least one of the following works:

  1. The Remains of the Day- Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. A Passage to India- E.M. Forster
  3. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  4. Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy

Students enrolled in A.P. U.S. History are strongly encouraged to read the first 6 chapters in the textbook The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey. The library will check out the textbook to A.P. U.S. History students for the summer. Students may also purchase the textbook on-line or sometimes the Chaffey Community College bookstore has used available copies. Any edition of the textbook is acceptable; there is very little change in the various editions. The advantage of purchasing a textbook is that students can highlight and take notes in their text.