GATE / Honors Program Grades 7th and 8th

  • Fullerton School District is committed to providing a rigorous, personalized, in-depth, complex and advanced opportunities for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) or Honors 7th and 8th grade students at our Junior High Schools (Ladera Vista, Parks, and Nicolas) and Middle Schools (Beechwood and Fisler).  Our highly qualified GATE/Honors Teachers are certified to work with gifted and academically advanced students so that curriculum and classroom lessons emphasize depth and complexity, real-world application, and creative problem-solving.

    Our GATE and Honors classrooms provide an individualized, comprehensive program aligned with State guidelines and standards. 21st Century Learning Skills enable students to communicate, collaborate, create, and think critically in a technology-rich environment through the use of devices both at home and school, seven days a week.  Access to these devices demonstrates how the instructional use of technology can engage students and make education more relevant, ultimately leading to higher student achievement.

    Our GATE and Honors courses integrate the Depth and Complexity Icons which are visual prompts designed to help students go beyond surface level understanding of a concept and enhance their ability to think critically.  These critical thinking tools help students dig deeper into a concept (depth) and understand that concept with greater (complexity).  Depth and Complexity Chart:

    All courses are designed to prepare students to be college and career ready and considered pathways to high school programs that may include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and advanced technology programs.

    The following GATE or Honors courses are available at most Junior High Schools and Middle School Programs but may vary by site:







  • COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONNECTION: Advanced Scholastic/Vocational Work

    Students in grades kindergarten through grade 8 in the Fullerton School District are eligible to take courses at local community colleges, including Fullerton College as Special Admit Students.
    Students are allowed to take those classes that are considered to be enrichment courses and must have the approval of the principal or designee of their current school. If the course is already offered at the junior high or high school level, students will not be allowed to take the class. K-8 students are not eligible to take college-level courses below Math 40, English 100, and Reading 142 as those classes are designated for college-aged students only.
    FSD staff will guide parents in enrolling their children, who qualify in a community college course.
    If you would like assistance in enrolling your child in a community college course, please contact Phil Ling, Educational Services at (714) 447-7783 or
    Admissions Information: 

    For more information on the Fullerton School District GATE Program, please visit the FSD GATE website: FSD GATE Website