The Washington Unified School District Recognizes the importance of a quality Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE). Our principals, teachers, and support staff work diligently to meet the needs of the gifted students by employing the Schoolwide Cluster Group Model. (SCGM) This is a researched inclusion model that provides services through differentiation within the classroom for gifted students based on the their individual strengths and needs.
Qualifying for GATE
Each spring, parents and teachers are invited to nominate third
graders to be assessed for the GATE program. With parent permission, we
do the initial assessment using the Otis Lennon School Ability Test in
third grade because the district program begins in fourth grade, but
parents of older children may also request assessment. Please contact
your school's psychologist for information about testing for older
children. Children in third grade who score Advanced in both
English/Language Arts and Mathematics on the California Standards Tests
(STAR) may also qualify for GATE. If your child qualified for GATE in
another public school district, we can transfer that eligibility to
Elementary School GATE Program
GATE qualified elementary children are provided services by their home school utilizing the cluster grouping model and differentiation strategies. Differentiation is an effective approach to teaching and learning. It modifies the curriculum content and/or teaching methodologies used with the core curriculum so that students may learn at their own ability levels and at their own pace. Strategies used may include, but are not limited to: flexible grouping, accelerated learning, in-depth study, depth of complexity, or tiered assignments. Differentiated Education Plans are developed for each GATE identified student through a collaborative process that includes teachers, specialist, school administration and input from parents.
High School GATE Program
In high school, GATE students are served through enrollment in
advanced coursework, including Advanced Placement classes where students
can earn college credit by passing AP exams. Your high school counselor
can help your student develop a four-year plan that fits his or her
individual needs. Some students benefit from taking college courses
while they are still in high school, or from internships in areas of
For information about GATE testing and school and district GATE services, please contact your child's school principal or Erin Cormier, Program Specialist, at (916) 375-7604 ext. 1311.