Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)


GATE program funding is now included in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), authorized by the 2013-14 Budget Act, in place of most previously existing K–12 state funding streams. Funding for this program is now determined at the local level. See Principal Apportionment for more information about how funds are distributed to local education agencies.

Natomas Unified will test all 1st-graders this year for Gifted and Talented Education, or GATE, unless parents or guardians opt their child out of the process. Testing will be conducted in February.

Students in 2nd through 5th grade can be referred for GATE testing by their parent/guardian or by their teacher. If your 2nd through 5th grade student is referred for testing by their teacher, you will be contacted for permission.  





Referrals must be submitted by January 26th