District GATE Information
All third grade students in Petaluma City Schools are given a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) qualification assessment. A parent may request testing for an older student during the district wide window. Students who qualify for GATE have the opportunity to enroll in an accelerated program at McKinley, or are clustered into specific classrooms at their home elementary school. Students choosing to remain at their home school that are identifed as GATE may receive adjusted instruction and assignments within their regular education classroom. GATE instruction varies by school.
Teachers and administration work to ensure that the needs of all GATE students are being met.
The cycle for GATE identification includes information gathering from multiple sources. Students are qualified through a committee process that analyzes multiple criteria including standardized test scores, teacher and parent observations and anecdotes, the student profile, and the results of the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test).
GATE testing for all third graders will occur at all Petaluma City Schools in January 2018. If your school does not offer GATE testing, you can test at McKinley during that time. Contact the school to get on the test list.