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.

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District's identification procedures are equitable, comprehensive, and ongoing.  

GATE identification is based upon the following:

  • A score of 90%, or above, on the Naglieri, a cognitive ability test

  • 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 

As of now, GATE screening for the 2022-23 school year will take place in December. Unless opted-out by a parent/guardian, all second-grade students will take the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT3). Students in grades 3-7 may be referred by school personnel and/or a parent/guardian to be screened for the gifted program. The "request to test" form will be active in early Spring of 2022  

This specialized magnet program is for students identified as Gifted and Talented. The program is instructed by teachers certified to teach the GATE curriculum and all students in the program are GATE identified. Grades 3rd-5th Testing information for the 2022-23 school year will be released in Spring of 2022

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