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Gifted and Talented

What is G.A.t.E.?

GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education.  

An integral part of the success of Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School is the differentiated instruction for students who have demonstrated high intellectual ability, academic achievement, and/or artistic talent through particular criteria. Gifted and talented students are clustered in classrooms with specially trained teachers who teach in ways that give students ample opportunities to reach their highest potential. Because these students generally demonstrate high performance or capacity for high performance beyond age/grade expectations, they are atypical learners who require stimulating academic and social environments, as well as specialized learning experiences beyond the regular curriculum. These specialized learning experiences include field trips, special assemblies, enrichment activities, and multiple venues in which student talent and gifts are showcased and encouraged.

To read more information about LAUSD's GATE program, click here.

AREA OF IDENTIFICATION: HIGH ACHIEVEMENT ABILITY*
Eligibility & Requirements:
Grade 4 and above –  Students who consistently function for two consecutive years at highly advanced levels (as determined by SBAC) in BOTH English-Language Arts and Mathematics.
Grade 2 only – Students who demonstrate high achievement on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered measure of verbal and/or non-verbal school abilities.
 A score a 95 percentile or above of the total “Age Percentile Rank” (APR) score on the achievement test, Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT-8), administered by the classroom teacher. A score of 90 to 94 percentile on the total “APR” score of the OLSAT will be considered along with eligible Grade 2 CST scaled scores in English-Language Arts and mathematics as indicated below. 
NOTE: Because the OLSAT is not a measure of IQ, it does not identify students as “highly gifted.”  Students may not take it twice. Therefore, reassessment requests will not be considered.

AREA OF IDENTIFICATION:  SPECIFIC ACADEMIC ABILITY*
Eligibility & Requirements: Grade 4 and above are eligible for identification in this category; requires THREE consecutive years of scoring at highly advanced levels (as determined by SBAC) in either English-Language Arts or Mathematics.

AREA OF IDENTIFICATION: INTELLECTUAL ABILILTY
Eligibility & Requirements:  Students whose general intellectual development is markedly advanced in relation to their chronological peers. Students can only be tested one time. Eligibility criteria for identification in the Intellectual category are as follows:
Designation as Gifted— Students who score 95 to 99.8 percentile on a standardized administration of an intelligence test given by a LAUSD school psychologist.
Designation as “Highly Gifted Applicable”— Students who score between a 99.5 to a 99.8 percentile are considered “eligible to apply” to a highly gifted magnet program; selection is based upon space availability.
Designation as Highly Gifted— District criterion for identification status for the highly gifted program is the score of 99.9 percentile.

AREA OF IDENTIFICATION:  TALENTED
Eligibility & Requirements:  Grade 4 and above are eligible for identification in this category. Talented Education Programs include Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Creative and Leadership categories. Students are to demonstrate exceptional talent in one of these areas.  A district assessment is done by a specialist for each specific area.

*These areas are automatically identified by the district and are based on the student’s Smarter Balance Test data