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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 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 offered through Educational Services include several STEAM Saturday events and two GATE family nights. Due to the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, our STEAM Saturday events and family nights are cancelled.  


GAte Testing/GATE Saturday Events Postponed 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, GATE activities are indefinitely postponed, including GATE testing for students entering grades 3-6. No testing is currently scheduled for the 2020/21 school year.

Parents and teachers who submitted GATE testing referrals during the 2019/2020 spring trimester will be contacted if the situation changes.  Student referrals for children entering grades 3-6 may be submitted via email or standard postal delivery.  

VUSD looks forward to resuming GATE testing and supplemental activities as soon as possible.

Contact Roxann Lynch-Burns by email if you have questions.





GATE Admissions and resources

Students referred in grades 2-6  for testing are assessed utilizing the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test  [Version 3] this year.

The NNAT3 [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 [NNAT3] 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