Las Virgenes Unified School District is pleased to offer GATE, Gifted and Talented Education, as an option for students who qualify. Currently offered at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas, the program is designed to meet the needs of those young people who have a high intellectual giftedness. These students often find themselves in classrooms where they are bored and not challenged. Our GATE program includes a classroom setting that is enriched with depth and novelty and accelerated to enable our gifted students to make continuous progress in school.
Here is a video of the accepted student showcase, presented by the AE Wright GATE teachers and the students themselves. Special thanks to GATE alumnus Douglas House for shooting and editing this video:
REFERRAL PROCESS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIFTED SELF-CONTAINED CLASSROOMS
BELOW ARE THE STEPS THAT MUST BE COMPLETED FOR APPLICATION TO THE SELF-CONTAINED GIFTED CLASSROOM AT A. E. WRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL
- Referral for admission to the self-contained gifted program is made by parents after they've reviewed the "Characteristics of Gifted Students - Self-Screening" form. The self-screening process asks parents to carefully consider the appropriateness of the program for their child based on the characteristics of gifted students as identified by the California Association for the Gifted (CAG).
- Parents must then complete the GATE Online Application Form to schedule a test.
- Students whose parents refer them to the gifted classroom, based on the CAG criteria, will also need to register as gifted based on a district-administered IQ test. In addition, these students must meet multiple measures from elementary school performance assessments, in order to qualify for admission to the program. (Students whose scores fall within a standard error of measurement will still be considered for admission based on the referral of district staff using the CAG criteria).
Note: Students transferring into the district will also need to complete an IQ test. Prior status as "gifted" will not automatically qualify these students for the self-contained gifted program. Tests can be scheduled through the District Office after completing the Parent GATE application form.