Placentia-Yorba Linda GATE Program

May 12, 2023

The GATE program is available throughout most school districts, but they have different ways of identifying and screening to see if the program is the appropriate one for your child. The GATE program is taught through either cluster classes where students are taught GATE curriculum in a regular classroom or an all GATE students class at select magnet schools in the district. GATE classes are available in the junior highs through the GATE cluster programs or in all GATE student classes at Kraemer Middle School.  

The GATE program provides curriculum for all subjects, but focuses on the depth and complexity of principles, theories, and problem solving. The curriculum also encourages students to finish projects and presentations by using advanced researching skills. These courses and activities help prepare students for high school, college, and their future careers.  

What are the steps to identifying my child as Gifted/GATE? 

Students are identified through a screening process that starts in third grade and takes place again in fourth grade. All third graders and fourth graders will participate in the first round of the screening process unless their parents have chosen for them to not participate.

The test will be a cognitive ability test that takes place in October. If a student scores in the 89th percentile or above, they will move on to the second round of identification. Parents will be notified if their students will move on to the second round of identification in December.  

If students are in fifth grade through seventh grade, they can also go through the screening again if they are referred to it through a teacher or if they qualify.  

What kind of test is the GATE identification test? 

The GATE test given through the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is the CogAT test. This test is a cognitive ability test that analyzes verbal and nonverbal reasoning. The test uses multiple number questions that test similarities and differences, following directions, recalling words and numbers, defining words, classifying and identifying sequences and shapes, and recognizing and completing analogies. 

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