The Gifted And Talented Education Program (G.A.T.E)


The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is committed to the belief that all students should be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. The goal of the GATE program is to provide for rigorous and challenging learning experiences, which include ongoing opportunities for critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and questioning. All goals are interwoven with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in acceleration, depth, complexity, and novelty. In addition, the program design supports instructional strategies to accommodate student differences and support student collaboration, self-evaluation, and reflection.

 Identification Process & Timeline

GATE Identification is based upon the following:

  • A score of 95%, or above, on the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT3 )

  • High academic achievement on district identified standards tests

  • High ratings on the Renzulli-Hartman Scale for Rating the Behavior Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students 

GATE Testing Information for the 2024-25 School Year:

  • Who will be tested? All second-grade students, unless opted out by a parent/guardian; any 3rd-7th grade students referred by school personnel and/or a parent/guardian

  • How do I request testing for my 3rd-7th grade student? Complete the 24/25 GATE Test Request Form. The last day to request to test for grades 3-7 is October 11th.  

  • When will students be tested? November/December of 2024