The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program is designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of advanced learners. IUSD provides GATE-cluster groups at all elementary and middle school sites. Teachers of GATE-clusters have been provided with professional development specific to meeting the needs of gifted learners. Curriculum and instruction are designed with more complex ideas and require deeper connections through the core content. Once a student is GATE identified, the placement remains valid through middle school.
Each school district in California incorporates its own GATE-identification qualifications. IUSD begins identifying students at the end of 3rd grade; however, the GATE program begins in 4th grade.
To qualify for the GATE program a student must meet one of the following three requirements:
1. Score within the advanced range through IUSD's Multiple Criteria Model. Sources of information include academic achievement, creativity, written expression, learning characteristics, and mathematical reasoning. Each component is completed at school and will be gathered throughout the year for evaluation.
2. Score 95% or above on the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). OLSAT is offered in the
fall to students in 3rd to 6th grade and in summer for students in 7th grade.
3. Qualify based on results from an IQ (WISC-IV, Stanford-Binet) test given by a California licensed educational psychologist. The test must be administered after 2nd grade year and must not be more than two years old at the time or review. The choice of psychologist is at parent’s discretion, but the results must be reviewed at the District Office.
IUSD's High School Honors and Advanced Placement
IUSD's honors classes and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are open to all and will be accepted according to academic performance and achievement tests from eighth grade. GATE identification is not required for acceptance into honors or AP high school classes.