OMSD is committed to the intellectual and emotional development of our Gifted and Talented Students.


OMSD GATE students are identified as High Achieving Gifted Learners or Intellectual Gifted Students. In order to be identified as High Achieving Gifted Learner, a variety of assessment data is reviewed including SBAC, district and classroom assessments and teacher referral.

Students are identified as intellectually gifted when the meet the criteria on the NNAT2, a non-verbal reasoning exam. This assessment is administered to every second grader in our district. Students at any grade level can be referred by their teacher or parent for intellectual testing.

We also encourage students with specialized talents to be identified into the program. Talented students are identified in the areas of visual and/or performing arts by portfolio presentations that are reviewed by a district committee.

Program and Instruction:

OMSD ensures that our GATE program adheres to California Ed Code and State Board of Education GATE Plan GATE ED 52206: (a) The governing boards of school districts that elect to provide programs pursuant to this chapter may establish programs for gifted and talented pupils consisting of special day classes, part-time groupings, and cluster groupings, consistent with the regulations of the State Board of Education. These programs shall be planned and organized as an integrated, differentiated learning experience within the regular school day, All OMSD GATE students are in GATE cluster full day classes or GATE cluster core content classes.

GATE students in OMSD receive specialized instruction from bell to bell. The instructional program includes:

differentiated activities related to the core curriculum; not more or extra work, but different work

independent study, acceleration, flexible grouping, learning centers and enrichment

Depth and Complexity

Professional Development:

All teachers of GATE students have received professional development in addressing the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction. This instruction includes the use of Depth and Complexity, independent study, compacting, acceleration and learning centers.

Parent Involvement:

OMSD parents of GATE students are an important asset to our program. In addition to providing input through the meetings described below, each school site welcomes the involvement of parents in activities and support.

District GATE PAC Meetings

  • 3 meetings per year
  • Each site selects 1 parent representative to attend

Site based meetings

  • Minimum 3 per year
  • All GATE parents at the site are invited
  • Parent representative from PAC should present information from PAC meetings

California Association for the Gifted Resources:

National Association for Gifted Children

Mensa for Kids

Center for Talented Youth