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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program
4040 South Pecos-McLeod
Las Vegas, NV 89121
702-799-8601 | 702-799-1523

Department Overview

Department Functions

The Clark County School District offers gifted education services. The referral/eligibility process is ongoing.

The GATE Program offers instruction beyond assigned grade levels to identified students in grades three through five. Students are eligible with test scores at or above the 98th percentile on the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test, Second Edition or the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition. Tests are administered by the GATE specialist assigned to the student’s home school. Students who score below the 98th percentile may qualify for services with a matrix score of 12 or above. The matrix includes prior semester grades, as well as parent and teacher rating scales.

The Accelerated Learning Model (ALM) offers an instructional delivery method that is based on consultation and collaboration between the GATE specialist and classroom teachers in order to provide gifted and high ability students enhanced learning experiences. Students are engaged in rigorous learning activities that go beyond factual and procedural knowledge, such that students gain conceptual understandings that are based upon the Nevada Academic Content Standards.

Title I Alternative Gifted Services (TAGS) is offered to eligible students in grades three through five attending Title I schools. Students who score from the 90th through the 97th percentile on either the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test, Second Edition or the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition are provided 50 minutes of differentiated activities each week.

The Highly Gifted Program serves eligible students in grades K-12. Placement in the Highly Gifted Program requires scores at or above the 99.5 percentile on the General Ability Index (GAI) and on one or more of the three other areas (Verbal, Comprehension, Visual Spatial or Fluid Reasoning) on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V). The assessment must be administered by a licensed school psychologist. The Highly Gifted Program offers instruction in an inclusive setting with individualized programs developed for eligible students. Differentiated activities are provided during the school day and various social and/or academic activities are offered after school.

Students who transfer from other school districts with scores at or above the 98th percentile on individually administered tests of general intellectual ability can be referred for immediate consideration for GATE services. Students with scores below the 98th percentile must follow established CCSD referral/identification procedures.

Per Article 5-B of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity of Military Children, a student who qualified for services in the prior district can receive immediate services, once documentation of an individually administered test and a signed Authorization for Program Placement is received.

For additional information regarding the GATE Program, contact the principal or the GATE specialist at your child’s home school or the GATE Program Office at 702-799-8601.