Learning Support Services

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Kimberlie Rens, Executive Director II
Ruzanna Ohannessian, Executive Assistant
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2739

Requests for testing must be submitted online between September 5 - November 30, 2017

2017- 2018 GATE TESTING 
January 23 - 25, 2018 (GATE TESTING DATES for Specific Schools)

GATE Identification Process:


After the Test - Frequently Asked Questions

Current Status of GATE

The PUSD will continue to identify students for GATE and provide appropriate differentiated instruction in GATE cluster classrooms for GATE identified students. However, funding resources will not be available for enrichment or supplemental curriculum purchases.

In grades 3-5, GATE identified students are placed as clusters, within otherwise heterogeneous classrooms. GATE students in grades 6-8 will also be placed into heterogeneous cluster classes, with the possible option of some homogeneous groupings in Language Arts and Social Science. Middle school mathematics courses are structured such that all students are placed according to individual mathematical ability and achievement. Science, Physical Education, and elective classes are completely heterogeneous.

At the high school level, gifted students are encouraged to participate in honors and/or advanced placement courses in their areas of interest/expertise. GATE Coordinators serve as resources for teachers, parents, and students, as well as monitor GATE student achievement. Specific class placement needs are best discussed with school guidance counselors, as gifted students should focus their learning and class schedules in preparation for higher education and/or career opportunities.


The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761. View Annual Notification of Parents’/Students’ Rights | Annual Notification of Employees’ Rights

POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT | 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 521-2800