The Carpinteria Unified School District is conducting its annual screening for the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) during the months of January through March. All second-grade students will be tested unless parents/guardians request that their child be excluded. Third- through fifth-grade students are tested upon teacher or parent referral. Only students currently enrolled in CUSD will be screened. The deadline to submit the referral form to the classroom teacher is Dec. 3. A GATE referral form may be obtained at any CUSD elementary school office, on the CUSD GATE website, or by contacting Teresa Koontz, GATE coordinator at (805) 684-4107 (option 4) or by email to

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