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Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

Qualifying students are invited to participate in the GUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Students in the GATE program receive differentiated instruction in the classroom, as appropriate, based on their interests, preferences, and strengths. Additionally, each school offers GATE learning experiences outside of the regular classroom.

GATE Testing & Identification

  • GUSD students are tested for GATE in third grade.
  • GUSD conducts a universal GATE screening test called the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 3 (NNAT3).
  • The 30-minute, timed test is given to all GUSD third graders every spring.
  • Prior to testing, parents will receive a notification and an option to opt their child out if they choose.
  • GATE tests are scored and sent home after the GATE testing window closes. 
  • Students who score at or above the 92nd percentile rank will be eligible for participation in GATE. Note that the percentile rank is not to be confused with “percentage correct.”
  • Students identified for GATE remain in the program as long as they are enrolled in GUSD.

About the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 3 (NNAT3)

  • Computer-based test
  • Presents students with 48 problems within a time limit of 30 minutes
  • Nonverbal test designed to assess ability without requiring the student to read, write, or speak
  • The test does not require any prior preparation, and the results will not impact a student’s grade

For more information about the GATE program, please contact your school site teacher specialist.

GATE Family Institute Webinars

Family Webinar – November 9, 2023

Family Webinar – September 14, 2023

GATE Resources

National Organizations

State Organizations

  • California Association for the Gifted - A membership organization for educators, parents, and community members interested in advocacy and support for gifted and talented students. Hosts an annual conference, as well as regional events on topics related to gifted education.
  • Cal State LA Early Entrance Program - The Early Entrance Program (EEP) is a unique educational program that is specifically designed to permit young, highly gifted students to enroll in college as full-time students. The EEP was established at Cal State LA in 1982. The Program allows qualified students as young as 11 years of age the opportunity to excel at the university level. The average entering age is currently 13.5 years, and all EEP students must be under the age of 16 by June 1st of the year in which they apply. The program maintains a population of approximately 130 full-time highly gifted teen-age students on the Cal State LA campus.

Local Organizations

  • Institute of Educational Advancement - This educational non-profit in Pasadena is sharing a great opportunity for Glendale Unified GATE educators and parents to attend IEA’s complimentary monthly Gifted Support Group (GSG) meeting. GSG features professionals who are experts on various aspects of gifted youth and education. These meetings provide support and community, a venue for shared discovery, and a space to exchange resources and ideas.