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Our program at Vacaville Unified School District is an exemplary model of differentiated instruction that is driven by the classroom teachers at our ten elementary schools. The students are placed in cluster groups and enriched with materials that may be accelerated or presented in greater depth and /or complexity. Our GATE Students are challenged at rate commensurate with their abilities that is determined by their classroom teacher daily.

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Congratulations to the Novel Knowledge District Champions from Alamo Elementary, 'The Bananas at Large! ' The team consisted of Carlie Goodsen, Katie Edde, Daphne and Ivy Knabe. Year #11 was the second, consecutive win for team Alamo. In second place were Markham's 'Best Buffalos' which included: Emma Boyd, John James, Ayden Morgan and Rubi Martin Del Campo. Placing third , from ACE Charter, were 'The Chapter Slayers' which included:Allison Cline, Emma Askew,Brooke Morgan and Kailey Berumen. This year's competition was delivered 'live' and digitally for the first time via The 'Most Creatively Attired Team' , the Mystical, Sparkly, Rainbow Unicorns from Padan absolutely provided just what was needed on Friday, 13 May 2016 at Vaca Pena Middle School. Many thanks to the village of volunteers that have supported the NK for the last decade plus!


Testing for school year 16/17 continues to be scheduled across VUSD's Elementary sites.

Students referred in grades 2-6 are assessed  so they may join the program/services to be determined in the fall.

Students tested will receive information regarding their testing outcome by 30 June. 


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Educational Services Program Administrator
 Sierra Vista Campus (707) 453-6260 x 114

Key Dates 2015/16

Saturday, 5 March : OTM Regionals at Natomas HS - open to public 9-3

March 23-26 : FIRST Robotics: Sacramento Regional UCD Arc Pavilion 

Spring GATE Testing : April - May - time/dates TBD @ elementary sites 

Saturday, 23 April - CPSU- Creative Problem-Solving University@ Fairmont Charter