• Gate

    GATE Program

    Who are the gifted and talented?

    "Gifted and talented children" means those children identified as having demonstrated potential abilities of high performance capability and needing differentiated or accelerated education or services. For the purpose of this definition, "demonstrated abilities of high performance capability" means those identified students who score in the top three percent (3%) on any national standardized test of intellectual ability. Said definition may also include students who excel in one or more of the following areas:

    ·         Creative Thinking Ability

    ·         Leadership Ability

    ·         Visual/Performing Arts Ability

    ·         Specific Academic Ability
    Gifted programs provide a differentiated, enriched academic environment for students with advanced learning abilities.
    Gifted students have special needs and abilities. Gifted programs will provide identified students with opportunities beyond the regular curriculum to broaden their knowledge, skills, and experiences. Emphasis will be on developing, independent, self-directed learners by encouraging and supporting in-depth learning and divergent and creative thinking. Gifted students will be expected to and will be given opportunities to perform well beyond what would be expected of a child of similar age and experience.

    Children who are academically talented have unique abilities, which can create challenges for them in a regular classroom. They tend to learn at a more rapid pace, and possess a depth of thinking which may cause them to be “out of sync” with their peers.


    The purpose of our district’s Gifted and Talented programs is to identify students who exhibit characteristics of high general intellectual ability and to meet their special learning needs.


    Research has shown that gifted students possess similar general characteristics and that along with these characteristics are specific learning needs. General intellectual ability giftedness is seen in students who show behaviors in three general clusters of characteristics; above average intellectual ability, task commitment, and creativity (Renzulli).


    The regular curriculum is differentiated by modifying content, process, product, and environment; by meeting advanced skills' needs,especially in the area of research, and by nurturing the abstract thinking abilities of these students. A combination of the strategies of differentiation, enrichment and acceleration is used in designing appropriate programs.


    Helping students learn and grow is a goal of every school. Implicit in that goal is an understanding of how to work with special populations of children. Gifted and talented education encompasses the expertise needed to properly identify and serve not only the students who demonstrate high achievement, but also those who have the ability to achieve at high levels. GATE students’ needs can be met by providing a differentiated,enriched academic environment for students with advanced learning abilities that uses instructional methods to develop thinking processes that enhance independent study and personal effectiveness.

    In the Corona-Norco Unified School district we offer two different programs to meet the needs of our GATE students.  We have two schools in the district which provide a magnet program while the rest of the schools offer cluster classes.

    Elementary Schools                                       

    Barton Elementary, Garretson Elementary and Norco Elementary offer a GATE Magnet Program.  Third through six grade classes are self-contained with GATE students.

    All other elementary Schools offer GATE identified students clustered classes or clustered interventions. Students are offered differentiated instruction to meet their identified needs.


    For students in 7th through 12th grade, the following programs are available at special school sites:

    Intermediate / Middle Schools

    ·        Honors Classes
    An Honors class is a class composed of a cluster of GATE students with other students who excel in that given subject. Honors classes are available for Math, Science,Social Studies and Language Arts. These classes are available on specific tracks/teams.


    ·        Middle Years Program/International Baccalaureate Program
    The MYP/IB is a program that provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students in the middle schools. The Middle Years Program consists of academically rigorous classes, foreign language, and community service. This program is available at Corona Fundamental Intermediate School and Raney.


    ·        Pre-Advanced Placement Program
    The purpose of the Pre-AP program is to equip the students with the skills and strategies necessary to meet the demand and rigor required of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in high school. This program is available at Auburndale Intermediate, Citrus Hills Intermediate, Corona Fundamental Intermediate, El Cerrito Middle School, and Ramirez Intermediate School.


    High Schools

    ·        Honors
    These classes are composed of GATE students and other students who excel in a given academic subject area. These rigorous classes are offered in the fields of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Languages, and History/Social Science. Honors classes are available at all comprehensive high schools.

    • Advanced Placement
      These classes are offered at each of the high schools. Students can test at the end of the year to receive college credits for the class. Different classes are available in Math, Science, English, Foreign Language, Social Studies, and some in the Arts. AP classes are available at all comprehensive high schools.

    ·        International Baccalaureate Program
    This is a demanding pre-university course of study that runs in grades 11 and12. Students complete the course of study, independent research, examinations,and community service hours. Students in grades 9 and 10 participate in the pre-IB program that develops the skills for the IB Diploma. This program is available at Centennial High School. Please contact Centennial High School(739-5670) for enrollment procedures



    Identificationof GATE Students


    Corona-Norco Unified School District uses the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 2 (NNAT2) in an effort to identify potential gifted students early and prevent referral biases the NNAT2 is a non-reading test of cognitive processing skills.  As with all standardized intelligence assessments, it tests general mental ability, which is primarily correlated with success in school.  The search process provides an equal opportunity for all students to be considered for the GATE Program.  Annual testing is conducted for students in grades two through six.  This assessment is 30 minutes in length.  The questions can be described as having visual-spatial demands, as well as requiring sequencing, remembering information that has been obtained, and solving problems that require reasoning.  These are not separate abilities, rather, separate demands of the test questions. 


    GATEQualifying Procedures


    How is a student identified for the GATE program?

    Students are assessed in three areas:

    1.    Ability – What is their potential?

    2.    Achievement – What is their performance?

    3.    Characteristic Behaviors – What personality and character traits dothey have that match them to gifted students?


    The Abilities Assessments

    Students take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2).  Students scoring at the 97thpercentile or higher are automatically GATE identified.  Students who score over 90thpercentile may also be considered for GATE placement (see Achievement Assessments and Characteristic Behavior Scale processes below).


    The Achievement Assessments

    All students in the Corona-Norco Unified School District take the California Standards Test (CST).  Points are scored toward GATE placement when student’s scaled score is above 375on either the English Language Arts or Mathematics section.


    Characteristic Behavior Scales

    The third part of the GATE identification process is in examining student’s characteristic behaviors. Classroom teachers are asked to complete a Characteristic Behavior Scale on each candidate scoring above the 90th percentile.  This information, coupled with special considerations for children with learning disabilities, English language development, and economic disadvantages, creates a profile on the candidate.


    Scores from each of these three assessments are compiled and eligibility is determined according to the GATE Identification Procedure form.


    When is the test administered?

    The GATE test is administered one time per year (2nd-6thgraders) usually after parent/teacher conferences in December or January.  The results do not return to the district until late April.  Schools and parents receive notification of qualification by early May.
    For additional information regarding the GATE program, please contact Dr. Adriana Burkhart, Director at (951)736-5140.
    For more information on the GATE program at specific schools, please click on the school link below.

    Barton Elementary School
    El Cerrito Middle School          
    Harada Elementary School               
    Parkridge Elementary School               
    Stallings Elementary School