GATE: Gifted and Talented Education Program

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As part of our ongoing commitment to actualizing the unlimited potential of every learner, EUSD provides a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.

How are GATE students identified?

Every school year, all 2nd-graders will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This universal screening tool is a digital, non-reading assessment designed to measure the cognitive abilities of students. The results of this assessment test will be one piece of information used in the GATE screening process.

Parents of students who have met the established referral criteria, based on the results of the universal screening tool, will receive a parent background and input form to be used as an additional piece of information to determine eligibility.

Qualifying students then will be referred to a school team that will review all screening data and other pertinent information. Sites then will make a recommendation, and eligibility determination will be confirmed at the district level.

Can I request for my child to be GATE screened in grades 3 through 8?

Yes. If there are students in grades 3 through 8 who are possible candidates for screening, a process has been established at the school sites to allow for screening of those select students:

  1. A parent can request that their child be considered for testing by completing the GATE Parent Background Form located in the school office and returning it to the school.
  2. After reviewing pertinent data and teacher/parent feedback, if the site team concludes the student should be assessed, the student will be given the universal screener.
  3. Sites then will make a recommendation and eligibility determination will be made at the district level.

The site school based resource teacher at your child’s school can provide further information about GATE and the identification process.


Please start by reviewing our frequently asked questions page. If you have any additional questions, please contact the school based resource teacher or principal at your child’s school, or EUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Dr. Laura Philyaw — or 760.432.2112.