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GATE Program

What does it mean to be in the GATE Program at Uni High?

Congratulations! You've been identified as a gifted and talented student!  Now what does that mean? 


The Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) program offers several benefits to students and families.   

1) Students are clustered into most classes with other gifted students. 

2) Teachers receive special training to work specifically with gifted children and to advance knowledge in their content area. 

3) Students receive opportunities to participate in special activities just for GATE students at our school and through the district (Field Trips, Internship Opportunities, Summer Programming). 

4) Parents receive special opportunities to receive guidance and support from GATE Experts through conferences and other resources.  


(Due to the high numbers of gifted students at our school, we will have our own Gifted Conference at Uni High in Fall 2017.  Stay tuned for details!)

Recommendations and Referrals for the GATE Program

Uni High School invites 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students to recommend themselves for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program under the category of Creative, Leadership, Visual Arts or Performing Arts. You could also choose to be considered for Intellectual Ability.   Parents, you can begin the identification process too!


Read the descriptions below for each category and then find the paperwork in the information locker on this page.   If you would like more information, please send Ms. Garcia an email at or call (310) 914-3608.


  • High Achievement Ability - automatically identified by the district based on grades and test scores
  • Specific Academic Ability - automatically identified by the district based on grades and test scores
  • Intellectual Ability - Students whose general intellectual development is markedly advanced in relation to their chronological peers. Requirements: Superior cognitive abilities indicated on a standardized administration of an intelligence test given by a LAUSD psychologist AND...Teacher observation, work sample, or cumulative record analysis. 
  • Creative AbilityStudents who use imagination or have original ideas; have the ability to think up and design new inventions; produce innovative work, solve problems in new ways, or develop an idea based on an original, novel or unconventional approach(Requires submission of a portfolio that demonstrates creative abilities)
  • Leadership AbilityStudents who show confidence and knowledge; influence others effectively; have problem-solving and decision making skills; express ideas in oral or written form clearly; show sense of purpose and direction. (Requires submission of a portfolio that demonstrates leadership)
  • Visual or Performing Arts AbilityStudents who originate, perform, produce, or respond at exceptionally high levels in either dance, vocal, drama, or in drawing or painting. (Requires an audition)

Gifted Parent Conference

 The 7th Annual Districtwide GATE/SAS Parent Conference will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. at RFK Community Schools (registration begins at 7:30 am). This FREE parent event is open to all parents of LAUSD GATE/SAS students. Translation will be provided in Spanish. More information can be found here:


Judy Galbraith, author and gifted education expert, is the keynote speaker.  Parents will receive a copy of Galbraith’s book, THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR GIFTED KIDS (one per family while supplies last).   There will also be a variety of workshops for parents addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted learners.

GATE Coordinator

Garcia, N
GATE/Testing/English Learner Coordinator

Useful Websites for Gifted Students and Families

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