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Great achievement through enrichment (GATE) Program
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The GATE program is a Tier 3 support for students who are identified as exhibiting characteristics of high performance in one or more academic areas and creative endeavors as compared to their peers. Students who are identified as GATE students will receive qualitatively differentiated programming that ranges in depth, complexity and acceleration. This programming is built with the purpose of challenging students beyond the scope of the core curriculum to develop advanced learners.

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GATE Family/Teacher Referral Window........................9/22/2021-10/8/2021 


Permission Slips Sent Home for Testing...................................... 10/18/2021


Permission Slips Due....................................................................10/29/2021


GATE Testing Window at Sites............................................................TBD


Results Sent to School Sites.....................................................Early January


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1. Teachers/Guardians refer students to the GATE program with GATE Placement Screening Referral Form Online
2. Guardians sign the permission for testing OR opt out of testing and refer to below-mentioned qualifying events
3. Students are tested at sites by the site coordinator, OR adhere to the below-mentioned events
Students can qualify for GATE based on their NNAT2 score, or a previously-approved means of demonstrating gifted abilities in the above-mentioned content and creative areas. The NNAT2 is a 30-minute test that is administered at school sites as arranged by GATE site liaisons. The NNAT2 uses progressive matrices to allow for a culturally neutral evaluation of students' nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving ability, regardless of the individual student's primary language, education, culture or socioeconomic background.*
The NNAT2 is included in qualifying a student for GATE along with the following as options:
  • Scores of exceeds on CAASPP, plus a score of 115 or higher on the NNAT2  (This method confirms a student as "High Achieving")
  • Score of 120 on the NNAT2
    • Students may be referred for NNAT2 testing by a parent/guardian or a teacher
    • Referral process includes the completion of a referral form plus the provision of evidence of high achievement, high academic ability or giftedness in a non-academic area such as the arts. (This method confirms a student as having "Intellectual Ability")
  • Panel identification
    • A student (or parent/guardian or teacher) submits a preliminary proposal outlining how the contents of a portfolio would demonstrate that the talent or ability was extraordinary for a person of the student's age/grade
    • One the proposal is approved by a committee of three central office and site administrators, the students submits a portfolio which is then reviewed by a panel of five teachers and administrators.
4. Results are communicated to families by site coordinators
*Taken from

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California Association for the Gifted (CAG)
A mission driven, volunteer administered, non-profit organization whose membership of parents and educators work to promote the welfare and appropriate education of gifted students.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
An advocacy group consisting of parents, professional educators and affiliate groups from the various states to support gifted education at the national level. 1707 L Street, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036, (202)785-4268, FAX (202)785-4248
The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
A special interest group of the Council for Exceptional Children. An advocacy group which focuses on the needs of the gifted within the broader range of diverse and special needs children. 1110 North Globe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5704, (703)264- 9474 American Association for Gifted Children (AAGC) Established in the 1940s, one of the oldest advocacy groups for gifted children. The association has a role in the Presidential Scholars program which recognizes 141 outstanding high school graduates each year. Primarily through their publications and correspondence, this association promotes gifted awareness and supportive systems. Duke University, Box 90270, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0270, (919)783-6152.
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF)
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum was formed to provide support, resources and community for the growing number of families who have chosen to home school their gifted and twice-exceptional children. P.O. Box 18865 San Jose, CA 95158.
Parents for Able Learner Students (PALS)
Dedicated to informing, educating, and supporting schools, parents, and teachers of gifted and able learner, children and youth. Able learners include gifted and talented children and youth, as well as other high ability learners, who by virtue of their exceptional potential and/or demonstrated excellence require special educational opportunities. Able learners of all ages have special abilities in any number of fields and may or may not be formally identified for gifted programs. PALS is an Affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children( NAGC ).
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
The mission of SENG is to improve the quality of life for gifted individuals so that they might appreciate, understand, and enjoy fully the intellectual and emotional talents they possess and the possibilities that lie within themselves.
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
An organization that works to network educators involved in gifted education around the world. National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children A non-profit foundation which provides free information and guidance to parents and educators of gifted and creative children. Incorporated in 1969, they focus on the problems of over-prescription of drugs to gifted and creative children. 395 Diamond Hill Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886, (401)738-0937.
*Orange Unified SD 

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If your site is not listed below, and you are interested in having a student receive testing for GATE, please contact:
Christine Flok
MTSS Coordinator
(916) 566-1600 ext.32239
Site Gate Liaison
Allison Elementary Merlo,Susanne
Babcock Elementary Robert Myers
Castori Elementary Leslie Sargent
Del Paso Heights Bradley Allen
Dry Creek Elementary Swanson, Frances
Fairbanks Elementary Hamilton,Michael
FC Joyce Davis, Jim
Foothill Oaks Elementary Xiong, Edie
Frontier Elementary Mai Yang
Garden Valley Elementary
Walton, Andrea
Williams, Jonnie
Hillsdale Elementary Dice-Hodgon, Michelle
Kohler Elementary (PreK-8) Lynch, Janice
Las Palmas Elementary Carranza, Etelvina
Northwood Elementary Myers, Rob
Madison Elementary Powers, Martin
Norwood Jr High Barlow, Diedre
Oakdale Elementary (PreK-8) Heard, Cathy
Orchard Elementary (TK-8) Roach, Paula
Pioneer Elementary (TK-8) Gross,Jamie
Regency Park Godwin, Nicole
Ridgepoint Newcomb, Justin
Rio Linda Prep Lozano, Amber
Rio Tierra Jr. High Sinor, Adam
Sierra View Elementary Tarrell, Stephanie
Smythe 7/8 Jewell, Melissa
Smythe Elementary Dandurand, Kenneth
Strauch Elementary Aguirre-Sanchez, Melissa
Village Elementary (K-8) Baker,Bonnie
Westside K-6 Elementary Sharlette, Joanna
Woodlake Elementary Liss, Lisa
Woodridge Elementary Vasquez, Valerie