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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program at Rocklin Elementary

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program at Rocklin Elementary

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rocklin Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program is to identify gifted and high achieving students, including those from diverse racial, socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, and to provide high quality differentiated instructional opportunities for learning that meet the needs of these students’ unique abilities.

Program Description

The goal of the Rocklin Unified School District’s GATE Program is 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.
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GATE TESTING Timeline for RUSD Students

October 1st through November 11th  
RUSD 3rd and 5th grade students 
may sign up to take the GATE Assessment (RAVEN) by filling this form out.  Testing will take place during the school day at their school site during the month of October.  Exact testing date will be emailed to those who sign up one week prior to testing. Grades 3 and 5 testing will be complete for the 2023-2024 school year by November 11th.
Parents/Guardians will be notified of their child’s GATE status by December 15th.
January - February 1
All 1st grade students enrolled in RUSD will be administered the GATE Assessment (NNAT3) within their classroom during the month of January.  Parents/Guardians who wish to opt out of this assessment should contact their child’s classroom teacher. Grade 1 Testing will be complete by February 1, 2025.

Parents/Guardians will be notified of their child’s GATE status by February 2nd. 
Per outside agency appointment
RUSD 2nd, 4th and 6th grade students may use outside agencies to be GATE tested.  Results will be analyzed by our GATE coordinator to determine if criteria is met for our GATE program. 

Suggestions for outside agencies include Sacramento State and referrals from your child’s pediatrician. 

Qualified GATE Students

Qualified GATE Students
Elementary students who qualify for GATE will automatically be placed in a GATE cluster classroom at their home school the following school year.  GATE qualified students will also have the option to sign up for GATE Self-Contained Classrooms at Rocklin Elementary through our lottery process.  The lottery process will open in February for first grade GATE qualified students.  GATE qualified students in grades 2-6 may inquire about our lottery and waitlist process by contacting Renae Robertson at

Non RUSD Students

Non RUSD Students
Students outside of our district may inquire about GATE testing opportunities by emailing  

RUSD accepts outside agency and prior district GATE assessment results.  Results are analyzed to determine GATE status within our district.  Please email


Question specific to the Self-contained GATE Classes at Rocklin Elementary should be directed to Renae Robertson at

All other questions should be directed to