Learning Support Services

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Doug Johnson, Executive Director II
Stacey Davis, Executive Assistant
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2731

January 2020 GATE Testing Results will be emailed  in April

Electronic submission of requests for GATE testing for 2019-20 may be submitted between September 9th and November 22nd, 2019

2019- 2020 GATE TESTING 

Scheduled for the week of January 13th, 2020
Electronic submission of requests for GATE testing for 2019-20 will be accepted between September 9th, 2019 through November 22nd, 2019.  
Parents will be notified of GATE testing results in April, 2020.

Students who took the January 2019 GATE Test, and have tested no more than two times in the Poway Unified School District ARE eligible for the January 2020 GATE Test administration.

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 race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com

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