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If you were unable to make our meeting on September 12th, please scroll down to our attachments below to view the evening's presentation.



It's 6th Grade Registration Time!

Saturday Enrichment Course Registrations Mailed on October 27th     

Check your mailbox this week for the 6th Grade Podcast class registration forms. 

Registration Due Date: Friday, November 16th. 

Registration forms may be mailed, dropped off, faxed or scanned to our District Office. There is a mailbox to the right of the District Office front entrance where forms may be deposited after hours

Please contact our office if you have not received your registration by November 2nd.                                                   


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. 


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.


OPTIONAL Saturday Enrichment Classes:

The SGUSD GATE program also includes extended learning activities for grades 4-8 related to the core curriculum through optional Saturday Enrichment classes. Each grade level is assigned one month  devoted to a specific theme that includes 3 Saturday morning sessions and a field trip during the school week.   Please refer to the GATE Course Descriptions flyer for additional information. 


PLEASE NOTE: The Saturday enrichment program schedule for 2018-2019 is posted with program attachments below.

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 Achievement (based on 3rd Grade OLSAT8 or NNAT2 scores)
  • High Academic Ability (based on CAASPP scores in English Language Arts and Math in grades 3-7)
  • Specific Academic Ability (based on CAASPP scores in English Language Arts or Math in grades 3-7)
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
Qualification Process and Referrals for Students in Grade 3 
Third grade students will be identified for GATE programming through the qualification measures listed in the GATE Memorandum document.   The  OLSAT 8, NNAT 2  (initial screening for 3rd  grade students only)  and CAASPP scores (California state test for grades 3-8) will be used to determine eligibility.
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 Achievement Ability, High Academic Ability,  and Specific Academic Ability.

SGUSD Eligibility Thresholds for GATE Qualification


Measure used for Qualifying Scores

High Achievement


Qualifying scores on OLSAT8 in either

Verbal or Nonverbal

High Academic Ability:

Qualifying scores in both Language Arts and Mathematics

Specific Academic Ability: Qualifying scores for 2 Consecutive Years in Language Arts or Math with the same content area.

Qualifying Percentile Range

Qualifying Percentile Range for Targeted Subgroups*

OLSAT8: Verbal












NNAT2 Nonverbal







English Language Arts














Grade 3:

 OLSAT8 and NNAT2 are initial screening assessments given only to 3rd grade students.  3rd grade OLSAT, NNAT and CAASPP scores are used to determine GATE eligibility for 4th-8th grade GATE programming.


Grades 4-7: CAASPP scores determine eligibility for GATE programming in grades 5-8.

*Targeted Subgroups: English Language Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, Foster Youth, and Children of Military Personnel.

OLSAT8 and NNAT2 Score Reports for 2017-18 3rd Grade Class
OLSAT8 and NNAT2 Score Reports were provided with the 3rd Grade student report cards in June. For tips on interpreting your student's Score Report , please scroll down to the attachments below.

Questions?  Contact Jennifer Vargas, GATE Coordinator.
(626) 451-5485