GATE Program Qualifications
The Beverly Hills Unified School District recognizes the diverse student needs and abilities of students within our district. As such, the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program identifies students with exceptional academic abilities with the purpose of providing specialized academic instruction to meet their particular learning needs.
All students in 3rd grade are assessed in the spring using the online version of the Otis-Lennon Ability School Test (OLSAT) during the month of March. Please contact your school counselor for information on testing for students in the 4th - 8th grades.
As of August 11, 2015, we no longer accept private evaluations to qualify a child for a the gifted program.
High Academic Achievement
Students will be identified for the GATE program based on exceptional academic achievement. Please see the PDF at the bottom of the page for more information.
Instruction for GATE Students
Classroom teachers differentiate instruction and create challenging learning experiences for GATE students within the instructional day. We provide ongoing professional development for teachers of all grade levels. Our professional development includes curricular modification by including elements of gifted instruction (Depth, Complexity, Novelty and Acceleration) into the standard curriculum. These elements may be combined with other thinking prompts (ethics, motive, contexts, etc) to increase complexity and rigor.
Some of our gifted students are also identified through the special education program. Throughout the gifted community, these students are known as "twice exceptional". Our "twice exceptional" students and parents are encouraged to fully participate in all aspects of the BHUSD GATE program.
Students in the 4th and 5th grades will be grouped within a class. This practice is called cluster grouping. This practice will provide gifted students with sufficient intellectual collegiality within a class while also providing diversity within each class for all students to learn with and from each other.
Do you still have questions about classroom differentiation for gifted students? Contact your classroom teacher directly to better understand the ways in which he/she teacher customizes academic content to for your student.
Enrichment Opportunities Outside of the School Day
BHUSD offers after school enrichment classes for GATE identified students. Check the PDFs at the bottom of the page for information on the Fall 2017 Classes.
GATE Resources for Parents
Does your student show interest in the environment or in the natural sciences? Please consider these opportunities for non-academic learning that may lead and prepare students for a career in the great outdoors!
California State Parks - Kids in Parks
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium