Irvine provides cluster groups at all elementary sites for their GATE identified students in grades 4th, 5th and 6th. Students participating in a GATE cluster group are placed with a teacher trained in differentiation and meeting the academic and social/emotional needs of the gifted. Once a child is GATE identified, the placement remains valid throughout middle school.All Irvine Unified School District students in grades 3 through 8 are eligible to qualify for GATE.
Students in grades 4th, 5th and 6th may also apply to participate in our specialized APAAS (Alternative Program for Academically Advanced Students) program for students who need a more rigorous GATE program provided in a self-contained classroom.
All IUSD traditional high schools have honors classes and Advanced Placement courses open to all students. Eighth grade students applying to high school Honors programs will be accepted according to academic performance and standardized achievement tests from eighth grade. Depending on space available at each site, GATE identification is not required for acceptance into Honors or advanced level high school classes.
As part of our process of Continuous Improvement, the GATE Department would appreciate your response to our annual parent survey.The information you share with us will remain anonymous and serve as an important component for our continuous improvement efforts specific to the effectiveness of our GATE program.Your input helps us to provide the best possible program for your GATE student and to you as a parent. A summary will be compiled and shared with each school site.