Curriculum Instruction » GATE



It is important to note that not all gifted children look or act alike. Giftedness exists in every demographic group and personality type.

All 2022-2023 LUSD 4th-grade students are screened for GATE unless opted out.
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22-2023 LUSD GATE 5th-7th grade nomination window is CLOSED. All forms were due by Jan. 13, 2023.

Optional, afterschool GATE Class 

All LUSD GATE students stay in their assigned classroom and school site. LUSD offers afterschool GATE Enrichment classes for LUSD GATE identified students (5th-7th grades) on Tuesdays from Sept 13, 2022 (8th grade starts on Sept. 20, 2022) to April 25, 2023.  Teachers will continue to differentiate in the classroom during the regular school day.


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. Adults must 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.

If your child was LUSD GATE identified, at any grade level, your child stays in the LUSD GATE program until graduation. No LUSD GATE-identified student will be re-screened.

If your child was GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) identified in another school district, LUSD will need documentation of GATE identification from your previous district with your child's name, date, and authorized signature to determine if those requirements meet LUSD's GATE identification criteria. Kindly email these documents to [email protected]


In January, all 2022-23 LUSD 4th-grade students, who are not already GATE identified, will be screened using various cognitive ability assessments and a creative writing prompt. Writing samples are evaluated by LUSD GATE staff for use of language, divergent thought, and idea development. Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh grade nominated students will be screened using the same protocol.


Nominations for GATE identification are accepted for 2022-2023 5th through 7th graders.

Parents or students can fill out the Parent Nomination Google Form during the nomination window. An electronic signature (typing) is required to give LUSD permission to assess the student. Teachers can nominate through this Teacher Nomination Google Form.

The 22-23 LUSD GATE 5th-7th grade nomination window is CLOSED. All forms were due by Jan. 13, 2023.

LUSD GATE Identification Process