Identifying gifted abilities: Leadership, Creativity, Visual & Performing Arts

Dear Parents and Students:

During the month of January, KAMS accepts ability referrals and portfolios to identify students with exceptional ability for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE).  The specific ability areas that require a referral and portfolio submission are Creativity, Leadership, and Visual & Performing Arts.

If you have a 7th or 8th grade student who exhibits exceptional abilities in either Creativity, Leadership, or Visual & Performing Arts, you may request an application packet from Ms. Richardson.  The referral form and portfolio submission requirements are also posted on our website in the GATE program section. Ability referrals and portfolio submissions are due no later than January 31st. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Richardson at or via voicemail at 916-686-5210 extension # 30106.  

Please read over the questions below which describe how these areas of GATE identification are defined.

Helpful Documents
Guidelines and Tips.pdf GATE Referral Form.pdf Criteria for Completing the GATE Referral Form.pdf ScoresheetGATE.PNG

How is Exceptional Ability defined?

  • Performing at a level that exceeds their chronological peers- the student may be advanced for their age or grade level.
  • Performing at a level that would widely be considered to be talented by the lay person- the student has talent identified by persons unfamiliar with techniques.
  • Performing at a level that goes beyond the expectation of the activity- the student goes beyond mastering the content, into unique or creative ways to display their knowledge.

What is Creative Ability?

  • Demonstrating exceptional ability in displaying ingenuity by producing unique or innovative solutions, or creating original products or ideas.
  • What are some possible areas? Creative writing, computer programming, engineering, science.

What is Leadership Ability?

  • Demonstrating exceptional leadership demonstrates purpose in leading others to do what they could not or would not do alone.
  • Demonstrating exceptional ability in showing confidence and effectively influencing others, exhibiting problem-solving and decision making, or leading others with a sense of purpose and direction.
  • What are some possible areas? School clubs, community organizations, church or youth activities in their neighborhoods.

What is Visual & Performing Arts Ability?

  • Demonstrating exceptional ability in performance based showmanship, and/or the creation of products in the visual and performing arts.
  • What are some possible areas? Drama, dance, drawing, and music.


Referrals will be reviewed by a team at the site and district levels. Evidence submitted will be scored on a performance rubric.  Families will be notified via mail of new identifications by March.

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