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GATE identification is provided to help teachers differentiate instruction in the classroom. Teachers modify, extend and enrich the core curriculum to promote creativity and critical thinking: 

  • Elementary schools: Instruction is differentiated within the classroom. Schools may have extended day opportunities to meet the needs of students.
  • Middle schools: All middle schools offer accelerated ELA and math classes. Brownell MIddle School has GATE clusters within accelerated classes.

How are students identified for GATE services?

Each spring, all second-grade students in GUSD are given a non-verbal ability test to identify those who qualify for GATE services. Students who score above a predetermined percentile are identified as GATE.

In the spring, parents whose children completed the GATE screening the previous year receive the results. We also notify the child’s teacher and principal so they can differentiate instruction appropriately for that child. 

Screening Schedule 2022-23

Grade Testing Window Deadline for referrals
  • New GUSD students in third grade
  • Mobile migrant third grade
  • New GUSD students in fourth and fifth grades with a referral.
October 17-21, 2022 October 7, 2022
  • All second-grade students
  • Referred students who have two years of elapsed time between testing periods
  • March 13-16, 2023
  • Make-ups and referrals: March 20-22, 2023
  • OLSAT for eligible students: March 27-April 14, 2023
January 27, 2023

Referrals/Requests for Testing

  • All referrals (completed either by teacher or parent) should be submitted via email to Marisa Covarrubias ( in the Specialized Programs Department.
  • GATE screenings are the fall and spring. Check the screening schedule for fall and spring referral deadlines. 
  • A minimum of two years must have elapsed between initial screening and re-screening.

GATE Parent Request Form


Nichole Pearson
Specialized Programs Administrator
(669) 205-4041

Marisa Covarrubias
Senior Staff Secretary
(669) 205-4043