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 Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) is a district program with a focus on the identification of students who are gifted (grades 3-5 elementary schools) and meeting their needs by utilizing our curriculum resources and instructional strategies that ensure depth and complexity that will engage student learning, creating 21st century thinkers. We have teachers who are trained in strategies of depth and complexity at each of our elementary schools.       

For questions regarding GATE specifically, please email our GATE Facilitator, Ms. Shawn Kivley, at the email link provided on this page.   

If you have questions about one of our Academy for Advanced Learning schools, often referred to as GATE academies, please contact the specific school using one of the links below.  Thank you!    
We hope you explore the many resources available on our website!   

GATE Testing 


GATE Testing will happen during the fall of 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year.  Our testing office will reach out to school sites with specific testing windows once they have set their schedule. 

The GATE test we use is a nonverbal, culturally neutral assessment of general ability, which is accepted as being well suited for identifying gifted & talented students.  The screening does not require English language skills or specific content knowledge that is taught in school.  This screening allows students to demonstrate their ability to think and reason by figuring out problems that are presented through a complex series of geometric shapes and designs.   

Results: Results are usually shared with you by our December break.  Testing will send this notification to your home directly via a letter indicating if your child has qualified or not. 

If your child has not qualified, there is nothing to return.  Your child will not be able to retake the test once they have taken it this school year.  The test is standardized and requires one year between assessment opportunities.    

If your child has qualified, you will receive a separate notice that you can turn in to your child's teacher upon receipt or wait until the parents' informational meeting, which is usually held in January or February. The notice to participate gives us, as your child's district, permission to edit their records and mark them as GATE. Your child will still attend the same elementary school unless you apply for, and are accepted to the Academy for Advanced Learning at Theodore Judah or the Riverview STEM Academy.  As stated above, each of our elementary schools is a GATE school.      

PLEASE NOTE:  If your child has qualified for GATE, your child will be supported in his / her current classroom.  Additionally, this does not guarantee admission to one of our academy schools.  ALL academies have an application process that will require parents to contact the schools individually.  Each school will update their website with application information as needed.      

Academiy for Advanced Learning & STEM Academy   Academy Applications:  The application process usually begins in December.  Please click on the school you are interested in below for further details.  Please grant the school sites grace and patience as this can be a taxing process.    

For all Academy questions, please contact the specific schools by clicking the links below.  The GATE Department does not handle academy applications and enrollment.  Each school site processes applications  independently. The application window is different from the application window for Riverview STEM.  You will need to fill out an application for each school.    Theodore Judah Academy for Advanced Learning    

STEM Academy Applications:    
If you have questions about the STEM Academy specifically, please contact the school directly through the link below. Applications for Riverview STEM are NOT on the same timeline as the Academy for Advanced Learning at Theodore Judah.  Please see their website for more information.      
Riverview STEM Academy   
Check back often as we update and expand upon this site.

Contact Us

Ms. Shawn Kivley GATE Facilitator
Phone: 916.294.9000 
FAX: 916.294.9020 GATE Facilitator