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Qualifying for CUSD GATE Program

GATE Placement Criteria

Students may qualify for placement into the CUSD GATE program by scoring 95% or above on the OLSAT or NNAT assessment or by earning a Multiple Measures Portfolio nomination score of 95 or above.

If there is space available, students who meet the Criteria for High Achievers in GATE Classes are placed in middle school GATE English and social science classes.

Click on the blue links above for an explanation of each assessment/criteria.

CUSD GATE Testing Criteria & Information

Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) offers CUSD parents several opportunities to have their 3rd through 7th grade children tested for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program:

 

GATE Tests: CUSD students who meet the CUSD GATE testing criteria will be invited to take the or Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test (NNAT) at their school site in the fall or the Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) at Niguel Hills Middle School in the winter.

  • Click here to view the CUSD GATE Testing Requirements for CUSD.
  • Invitations to take the NNAT test will be sent home with English Learner (EL) students in the fall.
  • Invitations to take a OLSAT test will be mailed home to English speaking students the first week of December 2014. The OLSAT will be administered at Niguel Hills Middle School on the following dates:

OLSAT on Saturday, January 24, 2015

  • This testing day is for students with the last names beginning with the letters A-K.

1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters A to C: Parent check-in time: 8:15 AM, Pick-up time: 9:30 AM

2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters D to G: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM

3rd Session: Last names beginning with the letters H to K: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

 

OLSAT on Saturday, February 7, 2015

  • This testing day is for students with the last names beginning with the letters L-Z.

1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters L to O: Parent check-in time: 8:15 AM, Pick-up time: 9:30 AM

2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters P to S: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM

3rd Session: Last names beginning with the letters T to Z: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

 

Make-Up OLSAT on Saturday, February 21, 2015

  • This testing day is only for students who missed or could not attend their designated  OLSAT testing date or time, above.
  • Click here to download the Make-Up OLSAT registration form.  This form must be received by the GATE office by February 12, 2015.

1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters A to K: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM

2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters L to Z: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

 

Important OLSAT Information:

  • Testing dates and times cannot be switched.
  • Only students who meet the testing criteria and are mailed a testing invitation will be allowed to test. 
  • Parents are to hand their child's testing ticket/permission slip, located at the bottom of the testing invitation, to their child’s proctor on the day of his/her testStudents must have a signed testing ticket/permission slip to take the OLSAT.
  • Parents who misplace their child's OLSAT testing invitation may get a replacement invitation from the office manager at their child's school site.

Please Note:

  • All students who score at or above the 95th percentile on one of the above GATE tests qualify for the Capistrano Unified School District’s GATE program in the fall of 2015. 

 

For more information on CUSD GATE testing, please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab of this website or click here.