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Qualification Process

Update for 2021-2022
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there are several notable changes to the GATE qualification process:
1)  Qualification letters for all 2021-2022 4th grade students have been sent to families.
2) Students may only qualify for GATE through passing the OLSAT at 98% or above. Because there was no 2021 CAASPP test, there will be no alternative criteria to be used as in past years (see below for definition).
3) All 4th-6th grade students new to LCUSD will be administered the OLSAT test.

Traditional LCUSD GATE Qualification Process


There are two ways students may qualify for GATE:  either through passing the OLSAT at 98% or above or through the alternative criteria, using standardized assessment (CAASPP), district writing assessment scores and a minimum of 80% or above on OLSAT.  Instead of sending letters to families twice, once after OLSAT testing and again after CAASPP scores are available, it was decided by the GATE Advisory Committee to wait until CAASPP scores were available to inform families of their child’s qualification.  Letters will be sent out prior to the start of school.
GATE coordinators at each site can answer any questions you may have regarding the GATE program. 
GATE Site Coordinators
LCE: Nancy DeBoer
PCY: Alexander Woo
PCR: Suzanne Ruggles