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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.
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 yearly to advise and support the school district in administering all aspects of the GATE Plan, including ongoing planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Resources for parents:
California Association for the Gifted (CAG) (
National Association for Gifted Children NAGC (
District GATE Events for the 2023-24 School Year
  • GATE Testing 4th and 6th graders November 7th-9th
  • 4th Grade GATE Event December 5-7 (Date dependent on school location)
The Solar System with Indelible Learning 
  • 5th Grade GATE Event February 6-8 (Date dependent on school location)
Writing and Publishing with Mrs. Lomboy
  • 6th Grade GATE Event March 26-28 (Date dependent on school location)
Medical Detectives with Indelible Learning 
  • 7th Grade GATE Event March 25th 
Fulcrum Adventures 
  • 8th Grade GATE Event- Date TBD
If you have questions about GATE testing and/or identification, please contact your school site administrator.