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To identify Gifted and Talented students, including those from diverse racial, socioeconomic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, and provide high-quality differentiated opportunities for learning that meet students' particular abilities and talents.

LAUSD GATE Philosophy

The philosophy of Gifted/Talented Programs is integrally connected to the District’s mission for all students.

The District’s instructional programs for gifted and talented students are based on the principles that all students are to receive an education appropriate to their individual capabilities, interests, and needs, and that students have learning opportunities that help develop their abilities to the highest level.

GATE Identification Categories

In accordance with California Ed Code, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) defines a gifted and talented student as one who exhibits excellence or the capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers in one or more gifted/talented categories.

Los Angeles Unified School District identifies students in SEVEN categories:

  • Intellectual Ability (2nd semester K-12; highly gifted possibility) - Referred by school, tested by District

  • High Achievement (2nd grade OLSAT-8 & grades 5-12) - Automatic Identification

  • Specific Academic Ability (ELA or Math) (Grades 5-12) -  Automatic Identification

  • Creative Ability (Grades 4-12) - Portfolio

  • Leadership Ability (Grades 4-12) - Portfolio

  • Visual Arts (Grades 2-12) - Demonstration (Fall & Spring)

  • Performing Arts (Grades 2-12) - Audition (Fall & Spring)



If you have any questions regarding GATE, please contact Ms. Pulliam at: [email protected] 

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