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Middle School GATE and Honors

Believe it or not, it's already time for fifth graders to think about middle school, where sixth graders in Las Virgenes Unified may have the options to enroll in a GATE program or in Honors classes. What's the difference?


GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education. This is a specialized program located only at A.E. Wright Middle School on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas. GATE students take their core courses together, and join the rest of the middle school for electives and P.E.

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.

student Egypt presentation

Students must take a test and reach a minimum threshold score to be invited to enroll in GATE. Testing for fall 2017 at the elementary schools has been completed at this time. Students who have been accepted into the program are invited to a GATE Showcase evening on Tuesday, February 28, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Current GATE students and their parents will be present to answer questions and share their experiences of the program. Guests may also meet the GATE staff and learn more about the program.

Two remaining testing dates are available at the district office: March 11 & March 18. Testing time slots begin at 8:00 AM and continue every half hour. To sign up for the test, parents can review the GATE self-assessment and then fill out the GATE Online Application Form.


Honors classes in middle school are performance-based and students must maintain a B to remain in them. For sixth grade, the options are math, social studies, and Language Arts.

Math class

The curriculum, which includes extensive writing, demands that students entering 6th-grade honors are reading and writing above grade level in order to be successful. In addition, they should have excellent work habits and strong organizational skills.

For further information and remaining testing dates, see Referral Process for GATE/Honors

View this file to learn more about the GATE and Honors programs.