Introduction to GATE


East Lansing Public Schools has partnered with Michigan State University and Ingham Intermediate to provide GATE (Gifted and Talented Education). The GATE programs, offered through Ingham Intermediate School District’s Office of Talent Development, are primarily designed for younger students in grades 4‐6 and the GATE programs at MSU offer differentiated educational experiences for students in grade 7‐12.

MSU offers two types of GATE programs: Academic School Year Programs and Summer Programs.

Academic School Year Programs: The school year programs challenge gifted middle and high school students in math, literature, and language (CHAMP, ISHALL, LEAF). These programs are designed to replace high school curricula allowing students to complete four years of Michigan High School Expectations and Common Core Standards in two years of study. Courses meet once a week on and off campus and are taught by MSU faculty. Eligibility varies by program but is generally determined by ACT or SAT scores and other requirements.

School year programs include:

  • Cooperative Highly Accelerated Mathematics Program (CHAMP), for students in grades 7‐10.
  • Intensive Studies in Humanities, Arts, Language and Literature (ISHALL), for students in grades 7‐10.
  • Language for Students (Etudiants) Advanced in French (LEAF), for students in grades 7‐11.

Summer Programs: GATE Summer programs are designed to help students take advantage of the warm summer months in constructive ways. Programs include commuter and residential options, with courses ranging from technology to forensics. Summer programs offer high achieving middle and high school students a chance to experience advanced coursework and college in a fun relaxing environment.

Summer programs include:

  • Crimes Scene Investigation (CSI) Forensic Camp, a one week residential or commuter program for students in grades 7‐9.
  • Math, Science and Technology (MST@MSU), a two week residential or commuter program for students in grades 7‐9.
  • High Achievers, a program for students in grades 9‐12 who are seeking to earn college credit while still in high school.

For specific information for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) programs offered by Ingham Intermediate and Michigan State University, please refer to the links below.