To learn more about the RUSD GATE Program (including downloading forms, etc..., please visit this link to be directed to the RUSD GATE page.
  • 1st Grade Gate Testing: In order to have your child tested, please fill out this form along with the Parent Survey on the 2nd page and return to Jordan White by September 30, 2016. Testing dates will be determined once registration forms have been returned.
  • 1st Grade Gate Testing:     November 8th, 2016 (8:00am)
  • 2nd-3rd Grade Gate Testing:      September 28th, 2016 (8:00am)
  • 4th - 6th Grade Gate Testing:  September 30th, 2016 (8:00am)

MISSION OF RUSD GATE PROGRAM: To identify gifted and high achieving students, including those from diverse racial, social-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds and to provide high quality differentiated instructional opportunities for learning that meet the needs of these students’ unique abilities.


GOAL OF RUSD GATE PROGRAM To provide differentiated learning opportunities during the regular school day for identified students. Differentiation is a process of modifying curriculum content and/or teaching methodologies used with the core curriculum so that students may learn at their own ability level and at their own pace. Strategies used may include but are not limited to flexible grouping, acceleration, in-depth study, complexity and novelty.


Referral Process
The referral process may be initiated at any time during the school year by a parent, a teacher, a peer or the student. Referral forms are available in each school office or by calling the GATE Coordinator at 630-3307. Testing occurs during the fall (for 2nd -12th graders) and the spring (for 1st graders). One final make-up session will be offered near the end of school year for students who miss the fall or spring session.


Formal Identification Process
The process for formal identification in the GATE Program includes evaluation of many different measures of a student’s ability or potential. Formal screening devices used include achievement tests such as the CAT6 or CST and cognitive ability tests such as the Raven Progressive Matrices Plus, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, or the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). If a student has been identified in a previous district using criteria that meets or exceeds the criteria used in the RUSD the student will be identified without further testing.


Identification Categories
Intellectual/High Achievement/Specific Academic Ability: General intellectual development is significantly advanced in relation to chronological peers. Student must score at or above the gifted range on a test measuring cognitive/intellectual ability plus at least one other measure (advanced on CST state achievement test, teacher/parent survey or other evidence of above grade level achievement).


GATE Advisory Committee
The District’s GATE Advisory Committee is composed of parents, teachers, and administrators. The committee meets regularly during the school year. The public is welcome to attend these meetings which are held at the Rocklin Unified School District Administration Office located at 2615 Sierra Meadows Drive. Contact the district office or district website for meeting dates.


Committee responsibilities include program evaluation; providing information on outreach activities to parents, students and the community; and advising the Board of Trustees on potential changes to the program.


Services Provided
Elementary School: Identified GATE students are clustered within the regular classroom at all sites and are provided differentiated instruction by teachers who are given specific training on meeting the unique needs of these students.

  • Self-Contained Program: Identified students are given the opportunity to attend self-contained GATE classrooms at Rocklin Elementary School in grades 2 through 6.

Middle School: Advanced opportunities are offered in the GATE Academies (KEY/QUEST at Granite Oaks and Discovery/ZENITH at Spring View) to identified GATE students in 7th and 8th grade.


High School: A variety of opportunities are offered to identified students including advanced classes in geometry and algebra II, a variety of honors and Advanced Placement classes, Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, the ability to challenge a class in order to move on to more challenging material, and dual enrollment at a local college.

GATE Coordinator for Rocklin Unified School District:
Jordan White,
Coordinator of State & Federal Programs
Rocklin Unified School District
2615 Sierra Meadows Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677
Phone:  916-630-3307 Fax: 916-630-2226