The Brea Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD) Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program ensures that all students are provided with an educational program that will maximize each student’s continuous academic growth, nurture his/her diverse social and emotional development needs, as well as recognize and enhance individual strengths and interests. We do this by providing students with a differentiated core curriculum that is designed to provide depth and complexity in thinking, as well as opportunities for novelty and in-depth research while nurturing our student’s social and emotional well-being.

GATE Screening
BOUSD assesses all third grade students for the GATE program by administering the CogAT assessment. Students in fourth through sixth grade are eligible to take the assessment based on either parent or teacher recommendation. Beyond the CogAT test results, a multi-criteria eligibility matrix will be used to further evaluate students that come close to qualifying for GATE. This matrix will offer additional points based on state testing scores, teacher recommendation, and Title 5 ethnic minority factors. (Federal law (Title 5, Sections 3820(f) and 3831) requires that the district seek out, identify and ensure full participation of pupils from disadvantaged and varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds.)
Parents will be notified prior to Spring break if their student has qualified for GATE. Some third grade students may be placed on a list for further consideration when state testing results are released later in the year. This notification is followed by a meeting with the classroom teacher, during parent conference week in October of the following school year, to discuss and establish goals for the student’s Individual GATE Plan.

Elementary GATE
GATE-identified students in 4th through 6th grades are placed in GATE clusters. Clusters include a small group of GATE-identified students within a mixed-ability, general education classroom. This provides interaction for GATE students with both their intellectual and age appropriate peers, thereby encouraging the development of leadership skills and strong social ties both inside and outside the classroom.

GATE-identified students maintain this designation throughout their school careers. In Junior High, our GATE students follow an advanced pathway with placement in honors classes and accelerated math courses. This sets students up for success in following an advanced pathway that included honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school, as well as opens up eligibility for National Honors Society, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian.

California Association for the Gifted (CAG)
A mission driven, volunteer administered, non-profit organization whose membership of parents and educators work to promote the welfare and appropriate education of gifted students.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
An advocacy group consisting of parents, professional educators and affiliate groups from the various states to support gifted education at the national level. 1707 L Street, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036, (202)785-4268, FAX (202)785-4248
The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
A special interest group of the Council for Exceptional Children. An advocacy group which focuses on the needs of the gifted within the broader range of diverse and special needs children. 1110 North Globe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5704, (703)264- 9474 American Association for Gifted Children (AAGC) Established in the 1940s, one of the oldest advocacy groups for gifted children. The association has a role in the Presidential Scholars program which recognizes 141 outstanding high school graduates each year. Primarily through their publications and correspondence, this association promotes gifted awareness and supportive systems. Duke University, Box 90270, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0270, (919)783-6152.
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF)
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum was formed to provide support, resources and community for the growing number of families who have chosen to homeschool their gifted and twice-exceptional children. P.O. Box 18865 San Jose, CA 95158.
Parents for Able Learner Students (PALS)
Dedicated to informing, educating, and supporting schools, parents, and teachers of gifted and able learner, children and youth. Able learners include gifted and talented children and youth, as well as other high ability learners, who by virtue of their exceptional potential and/or demonstrated excellence require special educational opportunities. Able learners of all ages have special abilities in any number of fields and may or may not be formally identified for gifted programs. PALS is an Affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children( NAGC ).
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
The mission of SENG is to improve the quality of life for gifted individuals so that they might appreciate, understand, and enjoy fully the intellectual and emotional talents they possess and the possibilities that lie within themselves.
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
An organization that works to network educators involved in gifted education around the world. National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children A non-profit foundation which provides free information and guidance to parents and educators of gifted and creative children. Incorporated in 1969, they focus on the problems of over-prescription of drugs to gifted and creative children. 395 Diamond Hill Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886, (401)738-0937.
The Gifted Child - Parent Information Night 2020 Presentation