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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.
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-8th grades) on Tuesdays from Sept 21 to April 26.  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.

In the Spring, all 2021-22 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 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 2021-2022 5th through 7th graders.
Parents, teachers, or students can fill out the 2021-2022 LUSD GATE Nomination Form during the nomination window. An electronic signature (typing) is required to give LUSD permission to assess the student.
The 2021-2022 LUSD GATE 5th-7th grade nomination window is CLOSED. It will reopen in the Spring of 2022.

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