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Children are identified as 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. 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.

***To keep screening secure, only 4th-grade Hybrid students will be screened in 2020-2021 for identification for the 2021-2022 school year.**** All current LVLA 4th-grade students and other grade levels will be screened, in-person, in the fall of the 2021-2022 school year for identification for the 2021-2022 school year.

In the Spring, all LUSD 4th-grade students that 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 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 5th-7th grade nomination window will reopen at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

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