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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

In accordance with the HBCSD Board’s philosophy to develop the special abilities of each of our students, the Huntington Beach City School District provides a program in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) for qualifying students. GATE students in grades two through five are offered the option of a cluster program at their home school or the centered program at Peterson Elementary School.  Parents have the option to choose the cluster or the centered program.

GATE students are grouped by grade level and receive differentiated instruction in all curricular areas. In the cluster program, students attend their neighborhood school and are grouped by grade level within a specific class. The centered program offers uniquely appropriate units of study beyond the regular curriculum. Instruction in both programs is differentiated using depth, complexity, acceleration, curriculum compacting, and enrichment. Students enrolled in the GATE program are expected to complete projects and reports that reflect higher-level thinking skills.

GATE testing takes place in January and February of each year. Qualifying students are placed into the GATE program the following school year. HBCSD offers Universal GATE testing in first grade.  Students may be assessed a total of two times during the course of their elementary school career in grades one through seven. The grade levels selected for a student's assessment to qualify for the program should be dependent upon the student's development level and school performance level.

Our identification procedure incorporates multiple measures, including the analysis of:

  • Performance on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)
  • Teacher Inventory of Gifted Characteristics
  • Most Recent Statewide or Local Assessment (English Language Arts & Mathematics)
  • Achievement in English Language Arts & Mathematics (demonstrated by advanced performance on District year-end assessments and/or report cards)

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