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    Eligibility for Services


    Referrals are accepted from parents, educators, community members, or students. Referrals can be made year round, but the preferred referral period is mid-October through mid-November. Referral forms are available on the district’s website: https://www.southsanisd.net/Page/7377



    Students within the district have the opportunity to be evaluated by the end of the school year. Designated dates will be set by the district.



    Recommendation to receive Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services requires that a selection committee evaluate each referred student according to the established criteria. The committee is composed of at least three professional educators who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students.

    The selection committee shall review results of the specific assessments administered to students. Data is collected through a variety of quantitative and qualitative sources and are considered in a holistic manner, taking into account each individual student’s gifts, talents and needs.

  • South San Antonio ISD GATE Identification Timeline

      Elementary (K-5) Middle (6-8) High (9-12)

    NNAT3 Screening Grade 3



    Referrals accepted from parents, teachers
    and community members.

    October 7 -
    November 4

    October 7 -
    November 4

    October 7 -
    November 4

    NNAT3 Screening Kindergarten



    Screening, assessment conducted after
    parent permission obtained




    Gifted/Talent Committees meet

    February (Kindergarten)

    April (grades 1-5)



    Services begin for newly identified
    Kindergarten students

    March 1


    Services begin for newly identified
    students 1st - 11th

    Fall Semester

    Fall Semester

    Fall Semester

    Students new to SSAISD and who have been identified in a previous school district will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Services

    Elementary School (Kindergraten through Fifth Grade):

    Students selected to receive GATE services in grades K-5 are placed with classroom teachers who have received additional training to better serve the emotional and cognitive needs of a gifted child. These teachers offer enrichment opportunities by integrating teaching strategies into the existing curriculum and differentiating instruction for the gifted learner in their classroom.

    K-5 students receiving GATE services will be also be pulled out of class for enrichment instruction. This enrichment time is facilitated by the gifted specialist assigned to the campus. Students will participate in various activities and projects, prepared and presented during the school year.


    Middle School (Grades 6-8):

    Middle school students may receive enrichment instruction, but are also served with advanced classes in the core subject areas of Science, Math, English/Language Arts, and Social Studies.


    High School (Grades 9-12):

    High school students may receive GATE services through one or more of the following options:

    • Advanced Courses (formerly known as Pre-AP): classes designed to prepare students for the rigor of college courses
    • Advanced Placement: classes which offer college-level study with the expectation of taking an AP Exam for college credit upon course completion.
    • Dual Credit: Palo Alto College’s Dual Credit Program allows eligible high schools students to earn college credit for certain high school courses in which they are currently enrolled while completing their high school requirements. 
    • Early College High School: a partnership between SSAHS and Palo Alto College innovatively designed to blend high school and the first two years of college using a dual credit framework. students can complete up to an associate degree, or the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree, while in high school.
    • OnRamps: students meet rigorous university-level college readiness standards and have the opportunity to earn UT Austin credit from a UT faculty member and high school credit from their SSAHS teacher. Courses can be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum and are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Texas.