• Changes in the GATE program starting in the 2017-18 school year:
    • GATE will now be incorporated in the regular classroom through daily differentiation and a virtual learning enrichment program. This replaces the “GATE Day” format of centrally located pull-out sessions for GATE students in grades 3-5.
    • GATE students in grades 3-5 will be clustered (grouped) by grade level at their school site.
    • Beginning in October, teachers will schedule approximately one hour per week for GATE students to participate in the virtual learning enrichment program.
    Changes in the GATE referral and testing process:
    • The referral process starts with your student’s classroom teacher.
    • Testing will be for current school year 3rd and 5th grade students and transfers into the District only, per assessment guidelines.
    • Testing will take place one time in the school year, after Winter Break. 
    • Parent referral packets are due back to your student's teacher on or before February 1, 2018.  Referral packets can be obtained from your student's teacher.

     PVSD identifies students in the following three categories:

      1. Intellectual Ability: Students whose general intellectual development is markedly advanced in relation to their chronological peers. In general, students are tested only one time.
      2. High Achievement Ability: Students who consistently function for two consecutive years at highly advanced levels in both English-Language Arts and mathematics.
      3. Specific Academic Ability:  Students who consistently function for two consecutive years at highly advanced levels in either English-Language Arts or mathematics.
    GATE Newsletters Available:

    Please visit the Newsletter Archive at left for Coordinator Jessie Green’s GATE Newsletters.  You will find important news and information, plans and links for the GATE Program. 

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    The Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program has identified 6.5% of the student population as having characteristics of gifted learners.  In the classroom, students are clustered in groups and lessons are differentiated for content, process, and product. Additionally, students are invited to participate in varying activities including GATE Day, Expert Project/Expert Night, ACHS Science Day for Middle School, America's Battle of the Books and Westmont Leadership Conference.




    Jessie Green - PVSD GATE Coordinator - JGreen@pvsd.k12.ca.us
    Lisa Bertels - PVSD GATE Secretary - 805.445.8661