Welcome to the No Excuses University at Los Penasquitos Elementary School

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The purpose of the GATE services in the Poway Unified School District is to identify and motivate highly able students to realize their full potential. Gifted students are higher level thinkers who demonstrate depth, originality, and creativity in their thoughts. GATE students have common characteristics but often unique needs. In order to meet the needs of GATE students all day, classroom teachers differentiate the curriculum as needed. Differentiated instruction is individualized based on what the student is showing in class. Some techniques utilized in the classrooms are cluster grouping, varying the pace of instruction, compacting the curriculum, higher level questioning, and activities that are open ended.

 2016-2017 GATE Testing Information

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) involves services for students whose cognitive needs may require modified classroom curriculum and instruction to accommodate their learning differences and ensure their achievement. Parents may request GATE testing for students in grades 2-7. 

2016– 2017 GATE Testing Information

Test Date (only 1 test opportunity)

Request Submission Window

Los Penasquitos Elementary
January 19, 2017 

September 6 – November 30, 2016



To request GATE testing for your child, complete a GATE Parent Questionnaire/Test Consent form online through the PUSD GATE webpage (https://onlinereg.powayusd.com/GateSurvey/).  Requests for GATE Testing will only be taken during the request submission window dates

If you have questions, please contact Kara Fradsham at kfradsham@powayusd.com.


For more information, please visit the district GATE information pages by following the link below. Poway Unified District GATE