The philosophy of the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program is to provide enriched and accelerated activities for students based upon individual abilities.

  • Ensure mastery and expansion of basic skills. Enrich educational opportunities in the basic skills commensurate with potential.
  • Allow a child to cognitively progress at an enriched rate.
  • Broaden and deepen the learning experience.
  • Encourage creativity and problem-solving abilities.
  • Extend horizons beyond the classroom.

All students in grades four through eight have the opportunity to become an identified Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) student based on the approved identification criteria. Please note that students are not identified until the fourth grade. Advanced learners are supported through differentiated instruction in the classroom.

Important GATE Information

GATE Identification Criteria

Students are now identified by intellectual ability by taking the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) given to all students at the end of 3rd grade and any 4th-6th graders new to BOUSD at that time. Students must obtain 92% or above in one area on the OLSAT. Parents will be notified in the summer if their student qualified for GATE.

Ethnic Minority Identification: 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. To that end, the district teaching staff is asked to identify high achieving minority students who may not be GATE identified because of language barriers. Those students will be tested using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). It is our intent to identify minority students in percentages commensurate with their enrollment in our district.


Click HERE to view the most recent GATE Parent Handbook.

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