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GATE Program

Gifted and Talented Education supports excellence in the SRVUSD through a program that enhances the education of all students while addressing the specific needs of the gifted. A number of key elements are important to the success of our program:
  • an equitable identification process enrichment and pacing that ensures continuous academic growth flexibility in grouping - both heterogeneous and homogeneous
  • school site plans that include the needs of the GATE population and resources to address those needs
  • staff development in GATE strategies
  • parent education and involvement
  • accountability through evaluation
School GATE Contacts - Call your child's school for school specific information:
GATE Parent Representative, GATE Teacher Representative or the School Principal
Meeting the Needs of GATE Students

Meeting the Needs of GATE Students

San Ramon Valley Unified School District provides GATE students with programs that are planned and organized as an integrated, differentiated learning experience within the regular school day and may be augmented or supplemented with other enrichment activities related to the core curriculum.
Differentiated curriculum is one that regularly provides opportunities for gifted students to experience instructional techniques that address one or more of the following questions about instruction:
Pace: Is the child moving through the curriculum at a pace that insures continuous progress?
Depth: Does the curriculum allow the gifted child to go deeper than the surface of a subject area?
Complexity: Is the gifted child challenged by critical thinking and higher order thinking skills in the classroom?
Product: Does the child have the opportunity to be creative and to apply knowledge to real life situations?
Program Options
In the SRVUSD, each elementary school addresses the needs of GATE students as part of their Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). This site plan is available at the school for your information.
In grades 3-5, GATE students are grouped together by forming clusters within the heterogeneous class. In addition, some schools use part-time grouping where GATE students from more than one class are brought together for instructional purposes.
At the middle school level, GATE students are clustered within core subject classes in grades 6-8. All students have the opportunity to be on an accelerated math pathway based on their demonstration of mastery of prerequisite skills.
At the high school level, all students have the opportunity to be admitted into Honors and Advanced Placement classes in selected courses based on performance. Eligibility for Honors and Advanced classes is determined by the results of assessments designed for specific courses and/or by teacher recommendation. The visual and performing arts classes base entrance into advanced classes on auditions.
For more information please visit the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Gate Program


Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is an optional test used to measure reasoning skills and identify students for Gifted and Talented Education. Students in grades 3 and 4 may take the CogAT this fall. Additionally, students in grades 5-7 who are new to our district may take the test. CogAT is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2019. Parents must register their child on the CogAT Testing Registration site. Registration will close on Sunday, September 22, 2019, or earlier if space becomes full. 


GATE Parent  Meeting- Monday, September 23, 2019 6:30-7:30 PM Dougherty Valley High School Theatre.  A one hour presentation for parents to learn an understanding of the School-wide Enrichment Model to provide opportunities for students to pursue their interests, learning styles and preferred modes of expression.We are delighted to welcome Nicole Waicunas, from the University of Connecticut followed by question and answer opportunities for all who are present. Nicole’s information will also be distributed for follow-up.