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GATE Program

What is GATE?

GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education. The Mission of the GATE program is to provide an enriched and differentiated curriculum and appropriate learning experiences for identified gifted and talented students. Standards-based curriculum supported with the elements of depth, complexity, novelty and acceleration ensure that students are provided with challenging learning experiences. Through a differentiated approach, students will develop their intellectual, emotional, creative and social gifts to the fullest.

The focus of our elementary GATE services starts in the regular classroom. The elementary GATE Program at VUSD is implemented in the form of cluster groupings and enrichment activities. Cluster groupings are groups of identified GATE students within a regular classroom. Gifted students will be offered challenging & enriching activities commensurate with their abilities by their classroom teacher. Enrichment programs occur after the school day and on weekends.


Dear GATE families,

Welcome back!  We are excited to begin the new school year with these two exciting experiences!  We are finalizing this year’s student roster, and will be sending out letters to all new and continuing GATE students as soon as possible, with information about registration, locations and other upcoming events.  See you in October!!

International Observe the Moon Night

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 7:30 pm

Vacaville Public Library Cultural Center


Saturday, October 5th, ‘The Science Of Monsters’

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cooper Elementary

750 Christine Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687

Science of Monsters!!!  Are you interested in discovering unusually strange and interesting creatures? If you have ever wondered about the legend and history of monsters, come join us in The Science of Monsters! In this unique science class, we will uncover more about monsters through hands on science challenges and experiments. We will be using materials such as vinegar, dry ice, and candy to explore the subjects of anatomy, mutation, and more! Sign up to delve into an exciting class of monster study!

Register  for October 5th Event today with the Google Survey(right-click and select ‘open hyperlink’ or copy/paste into new browser )  


GATE Admissions and resources

Students referred in grades 2-6  for testing are assessed utilizing the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test  [Version 2] this year.

The NNAT2 [Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test] is a brief, culture fair and nonverbal measure of intellectual ability. The assessment consists of 48 questions that rely upon reasoning using figural designs, not upon verbal skills. The ‘problems’ are challenges in Pattern Completion [PC]; Reasoning by Analogy [RA]; Serial Reasoning [SR]; and Spatial Visualization [SV]. For more information and to view sample test questions, click here.

NOTE: Standards of qualification via Intellectual Ability [NNAT2] and/or Academic Achievement will be modified to show exemplary academic success for the next year as a direct result of sunset of California Standards Testing [CST] in 2013.


Websites Worth a Look - Visit the Library and its numerous educational resources and activities! - Make your own videos in minutes Challenge yourself to 'design it yourself' ! - Exciting math games for all level of learners - Check out Edutopia ! - NASA's awesome, interactive site for kids! - A site developed to help students improve their math skills interactively - ‘ShakespeareGATE ‘ website to explore family crests   Multiple topics from origami, to reading lists... -Merriam-Webster online dictionary, thesaurus and more - Math skill-set building – Fun, games and learning


Contact Us

Roxann Lynch-Burns

GATE Coordinator



Ryan Galles

Director Elementary Education

(707) 453-6142