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GATE Testing

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The district provides a special program for students who are intellectually gifted. Children in grades 1 – 7 who perform extremely well on the district-administered Otis-Lennon School Ability Test and other standardized measurements may qualify for placement in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program for the following year.

GATE Testing will occur for all first grade students and with permission by the parent, for students in grades 2-7. Students will be administered the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) as one of multiple measures used to qualify students for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services in the Huntington Beach City School District. The OLSAT is an assessment that measures a student’s cognitive ability by evaluating his/her performance on a series of verbal and non-verbal tasks. 

First grade GATE Testing will occur in your child’s classroom during the month of November and into early December.  GATE Testing for other grade levels will be completed at the school site, but will require students to be pulled from their classroom to take the assessment.  Specific dates will be communicated prior to the testing window. The OLSAT is administered in three sessions on separate days, each session is approximately 50 minutes. If you do not wish your first grade child to be tested for GATE, your child will bring home an opt-out notice to complete and return to your child’s teacher prior to the first day of testing. 

The first grade GATE testing experience will count as one of two GATE testing opportunities provided to students in the Huntington Beach City School District. 

You will receive information about your child’s OLSAT scores and GATE qualification status either via the HBCSD Parent Portal or by mail no later than February. Please make sure your email and mailing address is up to date in AERIES to ensure results are delivered to the correct address. 

Please keep in mind that this test is given over a short period of time and represents a snapshot of your child’s progress. As with any one-time evaluation, you should use the results of the test along with other measures such as report cards, classroom tests, daily learning materials brought home by your child, and observations made by the classroom teacher to arrive at a complete picture of your child’s progress. 

There is no specific way to help your child prepare for this type of test. During testing, if your child is ill, please do not send them to school. Make-up days for illness are built into the testing schedule. Please contact the GATE office at (714) 964-8888 if you have any questions.