Gifted and Talented (GATE) Information

  • San Leandro Unified School District addresses Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programming for eligible students in the elementary and secondary settings using instruction designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted students. SLUSD believes in providing the necessary challenges for gifted students to reach their full potential, which often extends beyond advanced levels of district and state standards. Across our school sites, students are offered acceleration, enrichment and challenge through an instructional program based on California State recommended program standards for gifted students.  


    SLUSD uses multiple measures to determine the identification of students for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. AR 6172 states that “Highly gifted students shall generally constitute not more than one percent of the student population (Education Code 52201).” A student needs to demonstrate exceptional ability in one or more of the following area:

    • Intellectual ability demonstrated by a combination of results on the NNAT2 GATE test, Intellectual Quotient (IQ) assessment, parent/teacher recommendation, and/or portfolio of work samples. 
    • Creative ability demonstrated by a portfolio of creative work, parent/teacher recommendation, and/or portfolio of work samples.
    • Specific academic ability demonstrated by consistently high academic measures in a specific academic area by review of test scores and grades, parent/teacher recommendation, and/or portfolio of work samples.
    • Leadership ability demonstrated by parent/teacher recommendation, active participation in leadership roles, ie. student council, peer coaching, etc., community leadership roles, and/or portfolio demonstrating leadership roles.
    • High achievement demonstrated by a review of grades, teacher recommendation, test scores, and/or portfolio of work samples.
    • Performing and visual art talent demonstrated by parent/teacher recommendation, and portfolio of work samples.

    Below are summaries of AB 2313, BP 6172, and AR 6172 in regards to student identification.

    The California State Department of Education, Assembly Bill (AB) 2313, clearly states that GATE identification should not be based on just one factor. The following list are examples provided by the state:

    • achievement
    • intelligence quotient (IQ)
    • ability or other test scores
    • student motivation
    • recommendations - from parent/guardian, student or teacher
    • classroom observations
    • portfolio assessment

    Currently, in San Leandro, our Board Policy 6172 Instruction states the following regarding identification of GATE students:

    Students may be identified for the GATE program on the basis of demonstrated or potential abilities in any one or more of the following categories: (Education Code 52202; 5 CCR 3822)

    1. Intellectual Ability: The student demonstrates extraordinary or potential for extraordinary intellectual development.
    2. Creative Ability: The student characteristically perceives unusual relationships among aspects of the student's environment and among ideas, overcomes obstacles to thinking and doing, and/or produces unique solutions to problems.
    3. Specific Academic Ability: The student functions at highly advanced academic levels in particular subject areas.
    4. Leadership Ability: The student displays the characteristic behaviors necessary for extraordinary leadership.
    5. High Achievement: The student consistently produces advanced ideas and products and/or attains exceptionally high scores on achievement tests.
    6. Performing and Visual Arts Talent: The student originates, performs, produces, or responds at extraordinarily high levels in the arts.

     SLUSD AR 6172 further states the following criteria for identification of students:

    The Superintendent or designee shall design methods to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds whose extraordinary capacities require special services and programs. (5 CCR 3820)

    Students may be recommended for the GATE program by administrators, teachers, counselors, other staff, or parents/guardians. Parent/guardian consent shall be obtained before administering any assessments for the sole purpose of identifying students for this program.

    Students shall be selected for the program based on their demonstrated or potential ability for high performance in categories identified by the Board, as evidenced by any of the following indicators: (5 CCR 3823)

    1. School, class, and individual student records
    2. Individual tests, including summary and evaluation by a credentialed school psychologist
    3. Group tests
    4. Interviews and questionnaires of teachers, parents/guardians, and others
    5. Student products
    6. Opinions of professional persons

    Want to learn more about what being “gifted and talented” means for your child? Always start with a meeting with your principal and/or teacher. In addition, you’ll find information on the websites below.

    Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) seeks to inform gifted individuals, their families, and the professionals who work with them about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons, both children, and adults.

    California Association for the Gifted The CAG provides advocacy and awareness for gifted individuals and links to resources. Offers parent and teacher “Institutes” and sponsors an annual conference.   Includes a list of educational Internet resources, reading lists, summer camps, organizations, journals, programs, information clearinghouses, and free and low-cost materials.

    National Association for the Gifted Less parent-friendly than California Association for the Gifted, this site includes public policy and national program information as well as an annual holiday toy list for gifted kids

    Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page This site provides links and information for all things gifted.  There are links for smart toys, blogs, online discussion groups, podcasts, conferences (world-wide), books, resources, and some gifted tutorials.  If you are searching for information this is a great place to start.

    Gifted Development Center serves as a resource center for developmentally advanced children and adults.  They provide assessment, counseling, and consulting services. The web site provides information about issues regarding giftedness, especially as it relates to non-academic issues.

    Prufrock Press This publisher offers access to blogs, books, information and teacher resources.  Prufrock Press is a publisher of various books and other materials for students, teachers, and parents.

    Enrichment Activities and Education Programs

    Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University CTY identifies students of high academic ability through a talent search.  Students of high ability are then eligible for various programs and camps organized by JHU.  They provide access to summer camps at selected colleges and online courses.

    Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) The Education Program for Gifted Youth offers multimedia distance-learning courses using the computer for qualified students through high school and beyond.

    California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science COSMOS brings together the students of the next generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in California.  They offer a variety of academic clusters not traditionally taught in high school. It is a four-week residential program at a UC open to qualified and selected students.

    California State Summer School for the Arts (InnerSpark) A rigorous, residential training program for students talented in visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation, and film.  The school is run by a state agency so resident students attend at a reduced fee.