Gifted and Talented Education

We are committed to a school environment that fosters excellence and the achievement of every student’s potential. This belief in excellence and achievement is the basis for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program in the Upland Unified School District. We work to develop productive, complex, abstract, higher level thinking skills and to integrate them into the instruction of grade level standards.

Real World Problems and Solutions

We present students in the GATE program opportunities to analyze, apply, and synthesize information. We expect them to devise viable solutions to real problems. Students in the GATE program explore problems and situations that do not necessarily have one correct answer, and they generate a variety of high quality answers and debate both sides of an issue.

Clustered Classrooms

At the elementary level, we cluster our students in grades three through six in classrooms with GATE certified teachers trained in differentiated instructional strategies. We cluster our seventh and eighth grade students in classes that offer an accelerated curriculum. We have organized the cluster program at the high school level into department-based honors and advanced placement (AP) courses. Students who successfully pass AP exams demonstrate their readiness for college work and may earn college credit from participating colleges and universities.

Identification Process

The identification process for the Gifted and Talented Program is multi-faceted to ensure that all qualified students are identified regardless of language, ethnicity, or background. We seek referrals from both teachers and parents beginning at the end of second grade and at every grade thereafter. Eligibility for participation is determined by the students' scores in any one of three areas on the CoGAT 7 (Verbal, Non-Verbal, and Quantitative). Students in high school may qualify for honors or advanced placement classes through high performance on subject matter qualifying tests, teacher recommendation, or academic performance.