Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program  Home
Academic Programs
Qualifying for CUSD GATE Program Performance Based Middle School Program
New GATE Transfer Students
Parent GATE Guest Speaker Events Social/Emotional Needs UCI GATE Academy
GATE Testing Questions General GATE Questions
Contact Information
Academic Programs

Program Structures


Elementary students identified will:

  • Be strategically cluster grouped with other students who are identified and/or students who are high achieving in the regular classroom setting
  • Work toward meeting or exceeding the California grade level standards in all curriculum areas

Current students who are identified at the Middle School level will:

  • Be placed in accelerated classes for language arts and social science with other students who are identified and students who meet the performance criteria (MS students already identified prior to 2015-2016 will be grandfathered into the current accelerated placement system until transitioning to HS)
  • Be placed in accelerated mathematics classes based on District math placement criteria
  • Work toward meeting or exceeding the California grade level standards in all curriculum areas
  • Current fifth graders (2015-2016) will be placed into accelerated language arts and social science courses in the 2016-2017 school year thru 8th grade. 

High School students who are identified will:

  • Be appropriately placed in Accelerated, Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes
  • Work toward meeting or exceeding the California grade level standards in all content areas
  • Please note that GATE identification does not automatically place a student in Accelerated, AP, or IB at the HS level

Teachers who instruct students who are identified at all grade levels will:

  • Utilize a variety of student assessment and data to carefully plan and monitor instruction
  • Implement a variety of instructional models to provide appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of learners who are gifted
  • Be encouraged to attend professional development workshops provided by CUSD Educational Services personnel  or other educational institutions

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

Website Disclaimer

ATTENTION: The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) does not assume any responsibility or liability for the content that may be present within external Websites linked to and from this site that are operated or created by or for organizations outside of the CUSD. The linking to or from this site does not imply on the part of the CUSD or any of its schools any guarantee of quality, assumption of liability or endorsement of the organizations maintaining external Websites. Those organizations are solely responsible for the operation of their Website and quality of the content including advertisements, links, media, images and text that they may deem appropriate.