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Los Cerritos PALS/GATE

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Los Cerritos GATEPALS Parent Meeting


Los Cerritos Elementary

GATE/PALS Parent Meeting

Watch for the upcoming date to be assigned soon for this fall!

LBUSD GATE Philosophy


"When participating in a differentiated curriculum, bright, talented students will become analytical thinkers, creative producers and practical problem solvers."

PALS program

The PALS program is designed to meet the needs of primary students who have demonstrated the need for a more rigorous curriculum at an accelerated pace.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is PALS different from GATE?

GATE identification is not required for participation in a PALS class. District assessments given to all students are used to determine placement in the PALS program. Formalized GATE testing is used to determine placement in the GATE program.

2. If my child is in PALS in 1st grade is he/she guaranteed participation in 2nd grade?

No, all kindergarten and first grade students are re-evaluated each year to determine appropriate placement.

3. When does formalized GATE testing begin?

Formalized GATE testing and identification begins at the end of second grade.

4. How can my school start a PALS program?

Beginning in the fall of 2009, any school interested in starting a PALS program may contact the GATE Office.

5. Can I request that my child participate

in the PALS program?

All parent requests should be directed to the school counselor or principal. Selection will be based upon the multiple criteria approved by the GATE Office.