Full Time GATE

Owens Primary G.A.T.E. Teachers:
Second Grade:  Mrs. Boland, Mrs. West
Third Grade:  Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Mitchell
Science Specialist – Mrs. Auffant
Computer Specialist – Mr. Peterson

Owens Intermediate G.A.T.E. Teachers:
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Cuevas
Fifth Grade:  Mrs. Duvick, Mrs. Harper
Sixth Grade: Mrs. Dulcich, Mrs. Grider
Science Specialist – Mrs. Auffant
Computer Specialist – Mr. Peterson

Learning Today Leading Tomorrow

The GATE Program

The Magnet Program at Owens School has been specifically developed for gifted and talented students in grades second through sixth. Core curriculum courses are covered using in-depth, differentiated instruction. Our program also includes time for enriched student courses, field trips, guest speakers, and special projects. These programs promote high achievement and self-direction which allow our gifted and talented students to achieve at their fullest potential. The GATE Magnet Program provides a stimulating, challenging environment where the exceptional child can grow and prosper.

GATE Program Components

  • Science Lab staffed by a Science Specialist
  • Technology Lab staffed by a Technology Specialist
  • Differentiated Curriculum
  • Performing Arts
  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Festivals & Competitions
  • Educational Excursions
  • Character Development
  • Community Service Projects
  • Business Adoption of Classrooms
  • Depth and Breadth of Curriculum
  • Standards Based Teaching



How can my child get involved?
Students may be nominated by parents, teachers, or administrators, and nominations are accepted throughout the school year. All students who are nominated are screened for eligibility. Nominations forms are available online at bcsd.com/departments/Curriculum and Standards/GATE/Identification.  In the summer of each year, students are assessed for elgibility. Parental consent is obtained prior to program placement.

What is the screening process?
Students must meet certain criteria established by the district to be identified as a GATE student.

Students are identified as gifted and talented based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Benchmarks and Standardized Achievement test scores (CST, OLSAT)
  • Teacher indicator of behaviors
  • Student Performance Factors

Students who are new to Bakersfield City School District and participated in a GATE program at their former school are not usually required to take additional testing.

How will I be notified if my child is elgible?
Parents are notified by letter of their child’s elgibility for GATE services, and must return a signed parental consent form before placement will occur. Once identified as gifted and talented, a student does not need to be reassessed for district services in subsequent years

Who is “Gifted and Talented”?

A “gifted and talented” student is one who performs at, or shows potential to perform at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment.

These students…

  • Exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area.
  • Possess an unusual capacity for leadership.
  • Excel in a specific academic field.

What is the purpose of gifted and talented education?
The GATE program provides opportunities for students to recognize their full potential and maximize their individual interests and talents. Services are designed to help students learn how to apply their talents both in the classroom as well in their everyday lives.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.