Curriculum Instruction » GATE


Children are identified gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics, or science.
2020-2021 GATE Classes- postponed due to COVID-19
All LUSD GATE students stay in their assigned classroom and school site. Normally, LUSD offers after school GATE Enrichment classes (5th-8th grades).  Teachers will continue to differentiate in the classroom.
Each school site has extra-curricular clubs and activities that provide enrichment opportunities for all students.  We encourage all students to participate in these opportunities, when available.
In high school, high achieving students are encouraged to enroll in Honors classes, AP coursework, and perhaps the Early College program.

It is important to note that not all gifted children look or act alike. Giftedness exists in every demographic group and personality type. It is important that adults look hard to discover potential and support gifted children as they reach for their personal best. This is why we use a combination of assessments, work samples, parent and teacher observations to compile a portfolio to discover and support gifted students.

In the Spring, all LUSD 4th grade students that are not already GATE identified, will be screened using a non-verbal cognitive ability assessment and creative writing prompt. Writing samples are evaluated by LUSD GATE staff for use of language, divergent thought, and idea development across a 4-point rubric. Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh grade nominated students will be tested using the same protocol.

Nominations for GATE identification are accepted for current 5th through 7th graders.
Parents, teachers or students can turn in the nomination during the nomination window.
The LUSD GATE nomination window is now CLOSED

If you would like to nominate your child (grades 5-7) you may fill out the Nomination Form and return to your school site office before February 7, 2020.