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GATE Identification:

The GATE identification process begins in 3rd grade.  All 3rd graders have the opportunity to be tested.  New current 4th and 5th grade students, not previously tested, may also choose to be tested.  Students are assessed using the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).  Special consideration is given to students in the following categories: English learners program, economically disadvantaged, culturally different backgrounds, interrupted schooling, and learning and/or medical disabilities.   

Principals and certificated personnel complete a scoring matrix for students who score 96% or higher on the OLSAT to determine eligibility; a minimum of 10 points is required to qualify for GATE.  A student whose score is 99% on the Otis-Lennon receives the necessary 10 points to qualify.  Students scoring 96% or 97% receive 7 points, and students scoring 98% receive 8 points.  Students scoring below 96% do not receive points. Points are also given for special considerations and teacher and parent survey results.  Completed assessments are reviewed for final eligibility by the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and site principals. 

GATE Participation in School-wide Cluster Grouping Model, ALL OUR SCHOLARS:

Students who are identified as GATE participate in our School-wide Cluster Grouping Model, called All Are Scholars, in fourth and fifth grade. This inclusive model allows GATE students to learn together all day, every day, with teachers that have received specialized training. Please note that students do not need to be identified for GATE to enroll in middle and high school Honors and Advanced Placement programs.

In this model, instruction is tailored to meet the unique needs of GATE students and takes into account the variety of learning styles and the unique sets of strengths, interests, and needs of these students. The instructional approach will endeavor to accommodate these aforementioned factors and to challenge these children to help them realize their full learning potential. They will also be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities that will supplement and enhance their classroom instruction. 

For more information, see School-wide Cluster Grouping Model Frequently Asked Questions: Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model FAQs.pdf

Local Organizations to support parents of gifted children:

The Institute for Educational Advancement

2015 Summer Programs/Opportunites for GATE students:

There are many summer opportunities designed specifically for gifted and talented students in the elementary, middle, and high school grades. The web links below are sponsored by the California Association for the Gifted, the National Association for the Gifted, and the Texas Association for the Gifted. Inclusion of these links and the companies mentioned within does not imply endorsement by the South Pasadena Unified School District. If you have specific questions about summer opportunities, please contact the companies noted in the links directly, or you can contact the sponsoring organizations via phone or email:


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA- located in Pasadena, CA) - free monthly parent meetings/speakers


California Association for the Gifted (CAG)

(916) 441-3999



National Association for the Gifted (NAGC)

Summer Programs Link:

(202) 785-4268



Texas Association for the Gifted (TAGT)

(512) 499-8248

Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director:

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