Gifted and Talented Education
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District recognizes the needs of high achieving students and students with exceptional abilities through the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Plan. The purpose of the GATE Plan is to identify PVPUSD students from varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds with exceptional abilities and to support their instructional program by providing differentiated learning experiences within the classroom through a variety of instructional strategies. These supports are structured so that individual student experiences and activities can vary in acceleration, depth, complexity or degree of novelty. Enrichment opportunities for GATE students are offered after school through the PVPUSD Enrichment Program.
PVPUSD identifies gifted and talented students at the start of fourth grade and at the start of sixth grade. With parental consent, all students are assessed using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3). The NNAT3 measures verbal reasoning and comprehension, as well as nonverbal understanding of spatial and serial relationships among geometric shapes. Students who obtain a School Ability Index score of 130 or higher on the NNAT3 are invited to participate in the GATE program. GATE identified students make up more than 12% of the overall PVPUSD student population.
The GATE Advisory committee—consisting of parents, teachers, and administrators—meets three times a year to advise and support the school district in administering all aspects of the GATE Plan, including: on-going planning, implementation, and evaluation.