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 as an initial screener. Students in fourth through sixth grade are eligible to take the assessment based on either parent or teacher recommendation.
Beyond the CogAT test results, an additional two levels of screening will be used to identify our gifted students. 
  • The Secondary Review considers GATE Characteristics, and will include a Teacher Inventory, Parent Inventory, and Creativity Activity.
  • The Tertiary Review evaluates Academic Achievement, and will include a Portfolio presentation and report card review.
In addition, our multi-criteria matrix offers additional points based on 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 Summer break if their student has qualified for GATE. 
In October, during parent-teacher conference week, parents and GATE students will meet with the classroom teacher to discuss and establish goals for the student’s Individual GATE Plan.