Gifted and Talented EducationTop of Page

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WPUSD is committed to, and recognized for, excellent GATE programs for our gifted students!  We were one of only four districts statewide named in 2013 as a recipient of the coveted California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Five Star Award.  Our District focus and prioritization on providing professional development to District teachers and providing differentiated instructional programs for GATE and High Achieving (HA) students were instrumental in receiving the award.  Our GATE/HA programs in the Western Placer Unified School District are designed to offer a variety of curriculum and program choices to GATE-identified elementary, middle and high school students and their families. Program offerings can be found both during the school day and after school.    To see the CAG Five Star Award Letter, click here.  For a photo of the proud recipients, click here.  For a brochure of Lincoln High School College Credit Classes offering challenging classes to GATE and HA students,click here.

The process of GATE/HA student identification begins in February as all students in grade 2, and select students in grades 3-7 are given the GATE assessment.  Parents may opt their child out of testing in second grade should they choose. 

Students in grades 3-7 may take the GATE assessment based on teacher and parent recommendation.  If a student receives a qualifying score on the GATE assessment, then the district will look at the child's previous State SBAC assessment scores where applicable.  Also the classroom teacher will fill out a survey to provide additional information to the district.  This criteria will determine if a student qualifies for GATE/HA. 

Parents of students who qualify for GATE/HA designation are invited to a parent information evening meeting in the spring to learn more about the district GATE/HA programs.  

For information on the Spring 2020 GATE/HA (High Achiever) Parent Information Evening, for more information please check back after January 1st, 2020.

Elementary LevelTop of Page

At the elementary level, a choice of a magnet program exclusively for GATE and HA students or cluster GATE groups within traditional elementary school class programs are available to GATE-identified students and their families.

The Elementary Academy is a self-contained program located at First Street School.  The Elementary Academy was expanded in 2013 - 2014, and now offers a third grade class, a fourth grade class and a fifth grade class, exclusively serving GATE and qualifying High Achieving students and their families from around the district.  The program offers enrichments, acceleration and advancements to the standard grade-level curriculum. Teachers in the Elementary Academy have been trained in GATE strategies and are GATE certified.  Children in the Elementary Academy participate with other students at First Street School in Music and Science classes and in grade-level field trips and other special programs.

Also available at the elementary level are more traditional cluster programs - concentrating GATE students in small groups in a regular heterogeneous classroom at the students' home schools, but differentiating the curriculum to meet their needs. Through the cluster programs, students may work on advanced levels of mathematics or reading, while staying involved in the regular classroom programs.  Most GATE cluster classroom teachers are also GATE certified.

For more information on the Elementary Academy, click here: English  Spanish

Middle School LevelTop of Page

At the middle school level, the GATE program is divided between the traditional differentiated curriculum approach in the classroom and the Honors Academy, a magnet GATE program located at Glen Edwards Middle School.

The traditional approach offers unique opportunities for group and project work through GATE-trained teachers at both Twelve Bridges Middle School and Glen Edwards Middle School.

The Honors Academy at Glen Edwards Middle School is a multi-age academy in which cohort groups of 6th, 7th and 8th grade GATE and High Achiever students are scheduled together by grade. These academy students "loop" together for three years creating a school within a school experience for the students and their families.  Mathematics classes are advanced, language arts classes are accelerated, and band is the required elective for Sixth grade. Students have the option of continuing in the Honors Academy for three years.

For more information on the Honors Academy and the application,  click here:  English Spanish

High School LevelTop of Page

 Lincoln High School features a number of programs and classes that are tailored to the needs of GATE and High Achieving students.  GATE and HA students have the opportunity to enroll in the highly acclaimed Engineering and Design Program, in Honors classes, and in Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Many of these courses offer students the opportunity to gain college credit for work done while still in high school. In some cases, the coursework may be offered at a local community college or in an online format.   For a "College Credit Classes at Lincoln High School" brochure, click here.  For a "Lincoln High School Pathways" brochure, click here.
The 2+2 Program
  • ROP Graphic communications
  • ROP Video Production
  • ROP Business Entrepeneurship
  • ROP Digital Communication

Engineering and Design Program classes utilize the award-winning Project Lead the Way curriculum and include:

  • Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
  • Principles of Engineering (POE)
  • Digital Electronics (DE)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
  • Engineering Design & Development (EDD - Robotics)
  • Principals of Medical Biology

Advanced Honors classes include:

  • Honors English
  • Honors Biology

Advanced Placement (AP) classes include:  (*indicates online available)

  • AP English Literature
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP U.S. Government 
  • AP World History
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC*
  • AP Spanish
  • AP French*
  • AP Computer Science (ROP)
  • AP Music Theory 
  • AP Art History*
  • AP Environmental Science*
  • AP European History*
  • AP Psychology*
  • AP Macro Economics*
  • AP Micro Economics 

After-School OfferingsTop of Page

Long-Term Nationally-Recognized Programs
Also sponsored through GATE, the following nationally-recognized programs are available at sites throughout the district. Parents are encouraged to team with local administration to develop these programs at schools where they may not yet be offered.

More InformationTop of Page

  • For more information about the GATE programs in Western Placer Unified School District, contact Scott Pickett, Director of Educational Services.
  • For California Department of Education GATE information, please click here.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions regarding GATE funding in view of current California budget challenges, please click here.