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Simi Valley, California 93065
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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Overview of GATE/Honors Program

All Simi Valley Unified School District schools will offer opportunities for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identified students in grades 3 to 12. Students will receive differentiated instruction as well as possible extension and enrichment activities that will be provided during the regular school day to ensure all students equal access to the curriculum. Non-identified GATE students in grades 2 to 5 will be offered the opportunity to GATE test. Eligible students will be identified as GATE. GATE students at the same grade level are clustered together with students who are not identified as GATE. This allows GATE children the opportunity to learn with other gifted students while interacting with non-GATE identified peers. GATE testing is not a mandated test. It is offered to students once a year as a courtesy to parents.

Elementary Schools

GATE students in grades Kindergarten to 6 are clustered within general education classes at each grade level. This structure provides the opportunity for students to interact with GATE and non-GATE students on a daily basis and work in a diverse community. The core curriculum provides the basis for instruction but differs in pacing, complexity, depth, and novelty.

Middle and High Schools

Students who were identified as GATE in elementary school will be eligible to enter the Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. These programs consist of high-achieving students and GATE students who continue to excel academically. Honors classes at the middle schools are offered in the three core content areas: social studies, English and science. Mathematics placement will be determined using different criteria. At high school, all motivated students may enroll in a variety of Honors and AP courses. Honors/AP courses have distinctive features in terms of extended content and additional workload that set them apart from regular high school courses. GATE identification does not automatically ensure admission to Honors/AP courses. Admission is based on student motivation.

GATE Testing

GATE testing is for grades 2 to 5 only and will be on Saturday, December 1, 2018. 

Requests for testing should be discussed with student’s teacher at Fall Parent Conferences and placed through student’s teacher. Assigned test times will be mailed to parents. Unscheduled “walk-ins” will not be accepted. Please bring your assigned test  letter and Parent Rating Scale with you at test time.

*Late requests will be accepted through the GATE Desk by calling 805.306.4500 ext.4213 and will be placed on a waiting list.

Results of GATE Testing

The results from the GATE testing will be mailed to parents about 8 weeks after the testing date. 



Jamie Snodgrass
Curriculum & Assessment

Extension 4208

Kathy Petersen

Extension 4213

Is Your GATE Child New to SVUSD

If your child was identified as GATE in another district, we need the following information to determine eligibility for GATE in the Simi Valley Unified School District:

  • Results/Test type for all previous GATE tests
  • Copy of last 2 years of report cards

Please send this information to:

101 W. Cochran St.
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Or email Kathryn Petersen at kathryn.petersen@simivalleyusd.org
Fax: 805.520.6596