The GEMS program (Guiding Exceptional Minds with STEAM) at Elsinore Middle School is a magnet program that emphasizes advanced instruction with STEAM instructional practices. Students will have broad opportunities to explore subjects in depth at a pace that matches their advanced abilities. Students do not have to be identified as GATE to be considered for the program.
Along with the accelerated academics, the program provides a socially appropriate environment for those students who sometimes feel awkward among their peers due to social, emotional, academic, and maturity traits typical of advanced students. GEMS offers an emotional support system.
Recruitment for 2022-23 school year:
Our official recruitment period for the 2022-23 school year has ended. Applications were due by February 2, 2022. If you did not apply during that time, you will need to wait until November 2022, to check back to this webpage for the following year's recruitment information.
Congratulations, Incoming Families:
Please, be sure to formally accept your admission offer by going to the online form provided in the acceptance email. These are due by March 2nd. Additional information will come to you via email and updates on this webpage.
Prospective GEMS Families:
Have questions about the GEMS Program?
Please, view our informational video
Each year, the Admissions Committee considers the following information as part of the selection process:
*Previous CAASSP test score and level (none are currently available for this year's 5th grade)
* Teacher recommendation, parent recommendations, and student input on applications
* Grades, citizenship, behavior, and work habits
* General aptitude in core content areas
* Placement test to be administered online by EMS staff
Applying Outside of our Normal Recruitment Window
If you do not apply before our deadline this year, you have a couple of options.
1- You are welcome to apply in November of 2022. Please, monitor this webpage as we do not actively recruit for the 7th and 8th grade classes.
2- You may email email@example.com to inquire about any available spots for you student's grade level. If space is available, you will be given a link for an online application.