GATE Identification Process
A referral for identification can be made by a teacher, parent, or student. Interested parents should contact their local school and meet with the school site GATE coordinator to initiate the process. Identification is accomplished through a screening and assessment process consisting of the following components:
Search and ReferralThe school develops an initial list of potential candidates through the process of search and referral. The screening process and recommendation must be documented prior to obtaining the required parent consent and completing the referral.
The school administrator or designee screens students by collecting data from existing sources, such as, the cumulative record, standardized test scores and progress report cards. The recommendation to continue the identification process must be made by LAUSD school certificated personnel.
Local School GATE Committee Review
When a student is a good candidate for consideration, a member of the Local School Screening Committee obtains parent consent and completes the referral. When appropriate, the following are required:
- an evaluation of academic abilities or an intellectual assessment administered by a LAUSD psychologist
- an audition in the performing arts: dance, drama or vocal
- a demonstration in the visual arts consisting of portfolio evaluation and student drawings at the site.
A designated District staff member reviews all screening and assessment materials and determines the eligibility of students.