The Newport Mesa Unified School District offers a Gifted and Talented Education Program for eligible students in grades 4 through 12. The programs are designed to meet the needs of high ability and intellectually gifted students. Classroom instruction begins with the grade level core curriculum and is differentiated based upon student need and ability. The development of critical thinking is emphasized. Inclusion in this program is based on teacher recommendation and passing scores on specifically designed tests.
October is the month to begin the process for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) testing for 3rd – 6th grade students. Teachers are looking at the students’ behaviors and working to determine if they are able to see evidence of gifted characteristics with any of the students in their classroom. For a list of these GATE characteristics, please go the http://web.nmusd.us and then click on departments and scroll to GATE.
ALL 3rd graders are eligible for GATE testing if the parents give permission. For a 4th – 6th grader to qualify for testing, the student must first be recommended by their teacher or their parent. See your child’s teacher about requesting testing. Keep in mind however, that to proceed with testing, the student must meet the following guidelines:
- If tested prior to this year in NMUSD, they must have a score that is at least in the 80%
- A student cannot take the test a 3rd time
- If tested, the student will take the same test as prior year