At Optimus Learning School, we know that parents value their child’s education and would do anything necessary in order to ensure that their child gets the highest quality education. The GATE program, which stands for Gifted and Talented Program, is where higher level students can have access to fast paced and rigorous learning curriculum that would further challenge their higher level intelligence. To enter into the GATE program, a student has to take a test and if they pass by their district standards, they will be given the option of joining the GATE program in their district. We will prepare your child for the GATE test with our 12 hour program. Our GATE preparation class will cover the types of questions the test will ask depending on which district your child attends school.
Brea Olinda Unified School District
If your child attends a school in the Brea Olinda Unified School District, he or she will take the CogAT test in the 3rd grade to assess whether or not they will enter the GATE program. Between the 4th-6th-grade-year students may also be eligible to enter the GATE program. To do so, the student must have a parent or teacher recommendation to take the CogAT test. The CogAT stands for The Cognitive Abilities Test, which tests students on reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions. Beyond the CogAT test results, a multi-criteria eligibility matrix will be used to evaluate further students that come close to qualifying for GATE. This matrix will offer additional points based on state testing scores, teacher recommendation, and Title 5 ethnic minority factors.
GATE-identified students maintain this designation throughout their school careers. In Junior High, our GATE students follow an advanced pathway with placement in honors classes and accelerated math courses. This sets students up for success in developing a superior path that includes honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school, as well as opens up eligibility for National Honors Society, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian.
Fullerton School District
The Fullerton School District screens all students in the 2nd grade for entrance into the GATE program. Students may take the test up to three times (in total) throughout grades 3rd-7th if they do not get in the first time they were assessed in 2nd grade, or they did not take the test yet. Additional tests may be taken per recommendation. A parent must turn in a request form to the teacher to do so. This request does not guarantee a student entrance into the program. FSD uses nationally normed cognitive abilities tests to assess verbal and nonverbal reasoning potential.
Placentia-Yorba Linda School District
The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is committed to providing a challenging program for gifted and talented learners. Students in third through eighth grades may qualify for the GATE program based on GATE identification criteria after taking the CogAT assessment. These criteria include a balance between achievement testing, ability testing, and other factors. All third and fourth-grade students will be screened to see if GATE services are appropriate. Students in grades five and up may be referred for testing or evaluation by their teacher, administrator, counselor, or parent.
We have the student take our assessment test to get a better idea of the best strategy to help the student prepare for the Gate exam. The student will take a test that will assess their cognitive abilities in verbal and non-verbal reasoning. All potential Gate students are asked to schedule an in-person assessment. The assessment takes approximately 30-45 minutes. An evaluation for Gate students is $30. If you decide to sign up for the Gate classes afterward, your assessment fee will be credited towards your first tuition payment.
1 hour / week: $45 / per hour
Tentative Schedule: Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm