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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Dr. Wendy Molina-Solis, Director of MTSS
TBD, Executive Secretary
The Goal of GATE in AUSD

AUSD is committed to differentiate instruction for students who qualify for gifted and talented education.  We aim to include ALL identified students so that the AUSD GATE population is one that is racially, socioeconomically, linguistically and culturally diverse.  AUSD commits to providing staff and parents to high-quality training so that differentiated opportunities for learning that meet students' unique abilities and talents occur in the classroom with support at home. 


GATE Identification:

The GATE identification process begins in 3rd grade.  Students have the opportunity to be tested by teacher referral or parent request.  New and current students in grades 4th-8th, not previously tested, may also choose to be tested.  Students are assessed using the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).  Eligibility is determined by a ranking matrix which also includes standardized academic scores in ELA and Math. If your would like to recommend your child for GATE testing, use the following link and submit it to your school principal or teacher by the deadline listed below.

Teacher/Parent GATE Recommendation Form


GATE Identification Timeline:

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) – Elementary Programs – ABC Unified  School District



Sept. 15, 2021

GATE Plan outlines developed by teacher

Sept. 20-24, 2021

GATE Plan communicated to parents/guardians- signature obtained

Oct. 29, 2021

Signed GATE Plans due to AP

Nov. 5, 2021

Teachers submit names for OLSAT Testing (include parent requests)

Jan 18- Feb 4, 2022

OLSAT Testing Window

March 25, 2022

Notification OLSAT Results to families

May 13, 2022

GATE Plan Reflections Due

Elementary students who are identified as GATE receive differentiated instruction in the classrooms, leveled grouping in Strategic Teaming, and site-based Universal Access program offerings.   High school students receive specialized learning through the Honors and AP program offerings, as well as receiving differentiated instruction in the classrooms. AUSD does NOT provide Pull-out GATE programs, however enrichment opportunities are embedded throughout the school day. 
GATE Support:


GATE Parent Advisory Meetings:

Each school has a parent representative attend the district GATE Advisory Committee meetings. If you are interested in becoming a parent representative for your school, please contact your school principal or assistant principal.

Meeting dates for the 2021-22 school year are: TBD


Non-AUSD Endorsed GATE Resources and Programs:

There are many summer opportunities designed specifically for gifted and talented students in the elementary, middle, and high school grades. Alhambra USD does NOT endorse any of the programs and companies mentioned in the links provided below. There are offered as resources for parents to explore.   Any specific questions you may have about these summer opportunities, please contact the companies noted in the links directly, or contact the sponsoring organizations via phone or email:


The Institute for Educational Advancement


National Association for the Gifted (NAGC)

Summer Programs Link:

(202) 785-4268