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We at SGUSD-GATE miss seeing our students during the school closure currently in effect. Read below for the latest information regarding the impact on GATE programming and qualification status for the next school year. Please check this website for further updates as additional information becomes available.


GATE Saturday Session Closures
Due to cautionary measures in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all GATE field trips and courses are canceled through the 2020 school year.
Canceled: 4th Grade GATE field trip to USC.
Canceled: 5th Grade GATE Mechanical Engineering Saturday Sessions.
Canceled: 7th Grade GATE Biomedical Engineering April Saturday sessions.


GATE Qualification for 2020-2021 Postponed
As noted in SGUSD’s FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for Distance Learning, all State testing has been waived by the Federal Government.  CAASPP/SBAC state testing has been canceled statewide for the school year. As a result, the district has postponed GATE screening for SY 2020-2021 until assessment data becomes available through 3rd-grade qualification assessments (OLSAT8 and NNAT3) and state CAASPP/SBAC tests for grades 3-8.


3rd Grade OLSAT 8 and NNAT GATE Screening
The screening process scheduled to be administered in May 2020 has been canceled due to school closures. We will update 3rd-grade families when information becomes available.


GATE Saturday Sessions in 2020-2021
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health has determined that all non-essential gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until further guidance is issued by the California Department of Public Health. We will notify our GATE families with additional updates when further guidance is provided.


Online Enrichment Experiences

Please scroll down this page for enrichment resources and virtual field trip ideas.



Remember that high CAASPP scores do not guarantee admittance to the GATE program.  For example, 39% of our 2018 GATE 4th-grade class "Exceeded Standards" on the 2018-2019 CAASPP,  but only the top 5-10% of students qualify for GATE. Please scroll down to the table below for more information on the qualification process and eligibility.   


Check Our Photo Gallery

Our GATE courses this year have included the 8th Grade Sea Search study at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 6th Grade Podcasting at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and 7th Grade Medicine and Engineering Sheep Heart Dissection. More adventures to come!


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. 

2019-2020 GATE Referrals
Qualification Process and Referrals for Students in Grade 3 
Third-grade students were for GATE programming through the qualification measures listed in the GATE Memorandum document.   The  OLSAT8, NNAT2  (initial screening for 3rd-grade  students only)  and CAASPP scores (California state test for grades 3-8) were 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 are 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


The 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 OLSAT8, NNAT2, 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.


Questions?  Contact Jennifer Vargas, GATE Coordinator.
(626) 451-5485
[email protected]