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 2024-25 school year:
Our official recruitment window for the 2024-25 school year will open in January 2024.
Save the date: January 11, 2024
- Information Night at 6:00 pm in the EMS multipurpose room on Mohr Street.
Save the date: January 19, 2024
- applications are due by midnight. Applications must be submitted electronically. A link for the online form will be available soon.
Please, note: We will not be having candidates take a placement test this year.
DECISION EMAILS WILL GO OUT in early February. More details will be added as we get closer to the recruitment window. We will use the email address parents provided on the application. Check your spam folder if you do not see the decision email from us by a week after the announced date.
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 or common assessments done at the elementary school
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 2023. Please, monitor this webpage as we do not actively recruit for the 7th and 8th grade classes.
2- You may email [email protected] 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.