The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program provides differentiated learning opportunities that meet the gifted and talented students' particular talents, abilities, and needs. In the elementary schools, GATE students are clustered together in the regular classroom and provided with appropriately differentiated instruction of the core curriculum.

    Enrichment activities supplement the curriculum and encourage creative thinking and multi-modalities.

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    The students are enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) through passing the CogAT online screener and full battery assessment.  The CogAT, GATE assessment, is broken up into three sections that assesses Verbal, Quantitative and Non-Verbal knowledge of the students.  A score of 90% or higher is required to participate in Burbank Unified School District’s GATE program.  Official participation will begin the school year following the initial assessment.

    The thirty-minute online GATE CogAT screener is given to all the 3rd grade students in Burbank. The 4th and 5th grade students take the screener if they have been referred by their teachers or by parent request, after the HOPE nomination form has been filled. The student must receive a score of 90% or higher on the screener to be eligible to move forward to take the full assessment.  A score of 90% or higher on the full CogAT assessment is required to participate Burbank Unified School District’s GATE program.

    GATE Advisory Council (GAC) and Parent Talk

    Parents of GATE students are welcomed to meet and share ideas with other GATE parents, and to participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program, through the District GATE Parent Advisory Committee (GATE PAC). Meetings are held monthly from 6:15-7:45 on the 3rd floor of the District office. The District office is located at 1900 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank.                    


    BUSD District GATE Coordinator:
    Jennifer Almer     jenniferalmer@burbankusd.org

    Providencia Elementary GATE Coordinator:
    Talar Topalian, Curriculum Specialist     talartopalian@burbankusd.org