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Eligibility for Program



Second -Fifth Grades:

Each spring the GATE Department of the Glendora Unified School District seeks to identify intellectually gifted students in the second through fifth grades so that we may continue to address their unique educational needs through the clustering format. In second, fourth and fifth grades, a student may be nominated by a teacher, parent or an administrator and will be given the opportunity to take the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).  In the third grade, all students will be tested with their classmates unless parents opt out of the process.  Teachers evaluate the student based on gifted characteristics. Parents give written permission for students to take the OLSAT and can also submit an evaluation of their child’s gifted characteristics.  Nomination Forms are accepted until January 9, 2015 and should be sent to Educational Services at the District Office located at:

500 N. Loraine Ave.
Glendora, CA 91741

Following testing, parents will be notified as to whether their student qualifies based on multiple measures. These measures may include the OLSAT score,  STAR results (Smarter Balance results will be used beginning 2015), Benchmark scores, district writing sample and teacher input. Students must score 24 points on the GATE rubric. Transfer students who have been in a GATE program in another district may be accepted without taking the OLSAT depending upon the criteria utilized in the other district.

In the fall, qualified students will then be placed in a GATE clustered class that are available at each elementary site, and they will receive differentiated instruction that meets the needs of the individual student.



Parents are welcome to have their child tested once each year. 


Sixth - Eighth Grades:
OLSAT tests are available upon request.

Ninth - Twelfth Grades:
OLSAT tests are available upon request.

Click here for the 2014 GATE Testing Schedule for elementary students.