San Gabriel Unified School District

Skip to main content


WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2018
             10:00-11:00 AM  or
              6:00-7:00 PM
WHERE: SGUSD Board Room, 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel
Mark your calendar for this important meeting outlining the district's new qualification procedures for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.  An information letter will be sent home with all 3rd grade students during the week of April 10-14th, 2018.  Attendance is optional for all. 


The San Gabriel Unified School District will soon screen 3rd grade students for qualification in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.  Parents may choose to opt out of GATE testing by filling out the "Request NOT to Participate" form included with the parent notification information.  A copy of the document is provided below.  Please scroll down to access the document.


  • The district uses the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT8) and Naglieri Nonverbal Test (NNAT2) to determine GATE eligibility. 
  • The online tests will be administered at each elementary school site in the district in May. 
  • The Parent Information session will cover an overview of GATE qualification procedures and OLSAT8/NNAT2 assessments.
If you would like additional information, please scroll down for the OLSAT8/NNAT2 Practice Document and GATE Online Parent Resources.


Categories of Identification

SGUSD Board of Education has adopted a plan for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), which includes District policies and procedures for identifying gifted learners in three categories. The District’s policies and procedures for gifted/talented identification are in accordance with California State requirements and the Office for Civil Rights.

In accordance with California Ed Code, San Gabriel Unified School District defines a gifted and talented student as one who exhibits excellence or the capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers in one or more of the following gifted/talented categories: 

  • High Academic Ability
  • High Achievement 
  • Specific Academic Ability
Eligibility Criteria for GATE Referrals

Students Eligible for Gifted/Talented Identification Referral: Students who are enrolled in the San Gabriel Unified School District. 

Students Ineligible for referral include students enrolled in:
  • Private schools.
  • Independent charter schools not authorized by SGUSD.
  • Home school programs not affiliated with SGUSD. 

For additional information on the qualification process, please scroll down to access the GATE Memorandum approved by the Board of Education in March 2018. 

2018 GATE Referrals
Third grade students will be identified for GATE programming through the qualification measures listed in the GATE Memorandum document.
Referral Process for Students in Grades 4-8

Students may be referred for GATE consideration by a parent, teacher, friend or self-referral. A Parental Referral and Consent form must be completed for students in Grades 4-8.The referral must be screened and the recommendation to continue the identification process must be made by SGUSD school certificated personnel. Recommendations must be supported by school records. 

CAASPP (California state test) scores will be used to determine eligibility.
High performance on the CAASPP does not guarantee GATE qualification.  Students in grades 4 through 8 may qualify for GATE under three categories:

High Academic Achievement – Both ELA and Math (H)

CAASPP scores 95-99% or 90-94% for targeted subgroups (English Language Learners, Foster Youth, Child of Military Personnel, federally defined Poverty Level)


Specific Academic Ability – English Language Arts (E)*


Specific Academic Ability – Math (M)*

*CAASPP scores 95-99% or 90-94% for targeted subgroups (English Language Learners, Foster Youth, Child of Military Personnel, federally defined Poverty Level) for two consecutive years in the same content area.

Parents may submit the "Referral and Parental Consent Form" during the following Submission Windows:
  • August 15th-30th
  • December 1st-15th
The consent form is available on this website (scroll down), the San Gabriel Unified School District Education Center,  or at your student's school site.
For further information, please contact Jennifer Vargas, GATE Coordinator.
(626) 451-5485
What is GATE?
The San Gabriel Unified School District is proud to recognize the unique needs of students with extraordinary abilities through our program for Gifted and Talented Education or G.A.T.E.  The SGUSD GATE program identifies gifted and talented students and provides them with learning opportunities based on the principles that all students are to receive an education appropriate to their individual needs, capabilities, and interests.
GATE Program Models and Enrichment Activities
GATE students in SGUSD are served through a variety of program models and settings.  Curricular components are planned and organized as integrated differentiated learning experiences within the regular school day and may be augmented by extension activities related to the core curriculum. Elementary school GATE students receive differentiated instruction in the regular classroom based on their unique needs.  This may be achieved by using methods such as curriculum compacting, acceleration, or adding depth or complexity. At the secondary level, there are many opportunities for GATE students, such as Honors  and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, band, orchestra, mock trial, speech and debate, student government, and various school clubs. The SGUSD GATE program also includes extended learning activities for grades 4-8 related to the core curriculum through optional Saturday Enrichment classes.  Scroll down for more information in the Course Descriptions document below.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ GATE pdf) page under Resources.