GATE Program Overview: The purpose of the Tustin Unified School District GATE Program is to provide gifted and talented students with an instructional program that meets their unique and diverse educational needs. Instructional support for gifted learners is based on current research and best practice in the field of gifted education, and offers the necessary challenge for gifted students to reach their fullest potential. The Tustin Unified School District Gifted and Talented Education Program provides students with a differentiated core curriculum that is designed to provide depth and complexity in thinking as well as opportunities for novelty and in-depth research, while nurturing their social and emotional well-being.

Students in grades 2-8 can be identified to receive services in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program in Tustin Unified School District. The identification process includes formal and informal assessments that are screened in a portfolio by district teachers and staff. The screening process begins in October of each school year, and parents are notified of the results of the screening the following February. Once students qualify for the GATE program, they are identified as long as they are students in TUSD.

Students in grades K-1 can be identified as Advanced Primary Learners (APL). They go through an informal screening process of multiple measures to be placed in the program each year.

What does GATE/APL look like in the classroom?

*Students are clustered within a regular education classroom.

*Students are taught be teachers who have received instruction and certification in gifted education through Tustin Unified.

*Students receive differentiated instruction that may not always be evident outside of the classroom, but it is happening!

For more information about GATE, please contact the Guin Foss GATE expert, Mrs. Carolyn Zweber, at