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GATE Program

What is GATE?

GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education. The Mission of the GATE program is to provide an enriched and differentiated curriculum and appropriate learning experiences for identified gifted and talented students. Standards-based curriculum supported with the elements of depth, complexity, novelty and acceleration ensure that students are provided with challenging learning experiences. Through a differentiated approach, students will develop their intellectual, emotional, creative and social gifts to the fullest.

The focus of our elementary GATE services starts in the regular classroom. The elementary GATE Program at VUSD is implemented in the form of cluster groupings and enrichment activities. Cluster groupings are groups of identified GATE students within a regular classroom. Gifted students will be offered challenging & enriching activities commensurate with their abilities by their classroom teacher. Enrichment programs occur after the school day and on weekends.



HarveSTEAM the Screams!/¡¡HarveSTEAM los gritos!!

     GATE Family Night/Noche familiar de GATE

            Monday, Oct. 28/El lunes, 28 de octubre

         Brown’s Valley Elementary, 333Wrentham Drive

                               6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Calling all GATE families!!  Join the team from the Academy of 21st Century Learning and the Vanden Robotics Team for some exciting, hands-on STEAM activities on Monday, October 28th.  Don’t miss this fabulous STEAM night! 

Each GATE student must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Siblings are invited to attend, too!  We will need parent volunteers to assist with our registration table and clean up. The activities are appropriate for ages 5 and up. 


Registration for tonight's event is now closed.  Call or email me before 3:00 pm if you would like to register.

​​​​​​​               707-453-6136

¡Llamando a todas las familias de GATE! Únase al equipo de la Academia de Aprendizaje del Siglo XXI y al Equipo de Robótica de Vanden para algunas actividades emocionantes y prácticas de STEAM el lunes 28 de octubre. ¡No te pierdas esta fabulosa noche de STEAM!

Cada estudiante GATE debe estar acompañado por un padre / tutor. ¡Los hermanos también están invitados a asistir! Necesitaremos padres voluntarios para ayudar con nuestra mesa de registro y limpieza. Las actividades son apropiadas para mayores de 5 años.

Si quiere registrarse, favor de contactarme:

  • Llame o envíe un correo electrónico a Roxann Lynch-Burns




GATE Admissions and resources

Students referred in grades 2-6  for testing are assessed utilizing the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test  [Version 2] this year.

The NNAT2 [Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test] is a brief, culture fair and nonverbal measure of intellectual ability. The assessment consists of 48 questions that rely upon reasoning using figural designs, not upon verbal skills. The ‘problems’ are challenges in Pattern Completion [PC]; Reasoning by Analogy [RA]; Serial Reasoning [SR]; and Spatial Visualization [SV]. For more information and to view sample test questions, click here.

NOTE: Standards of qualification via Intellectual Ability [NNAT2] and/or Academic Achievement will be modified to show exemplary academic success for the next year as a direct result of sunset of California Standards Testing [CST] in 2013.


Websites Worth a Look - Visit the Library and its numerous educational resources and activities! - Make your own videos in minutes Challenge yourself to 'design it yourself' ! - Exciting math games for all level of learners - Check out Edutopia ! - NASA's awesome, interactive site for kids! - A site developed to help students improve their math skills interactively - ‘ShakespeareGATE ‘ website to explore family crests   Multiple topics from origami, to reading lists... -Merriam-Webster online dictionary, thesaurus and more - Math skill-set building – Fun, games and learning


Contact Us

Roxann Lynch-Burns

GATE Coordinator



Ryan Galles

Director Elementary Education

(707) 453-6142