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 are awkward among their peers due to social, emotional, academic, and maturity traits typical of advanced students.
We realize that not all students test well, and that we do not always have reliable test data for all students. An eligible student may have transferred in to our district, or just missed testing so the program is open to anyone who wishes to apply. While our recruitment is primarily for students entering 6th grade, we have limited openings in our 7th and 8th grade program.
It is recruiting time!
We are excited to announce that we will be accepting students on intra-district transfers for the 2020-21 academic year! If EMS is not your assigned middle school, you are still welcome to apply.
Also, our GEMS Information Nights are fast approaching. Those interested in applying or just curious about the program should plan to attend one of our Information Nights.
Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at EMS in the MPR -or-
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at EMS in the MPR
Applications for the GEMS program will be available at each meeting, and are included at the bottom of this page for your convenience.
Completed applications must be turned in to EMS by Friday, November 22, 2019, no later than 3:00 pm. Applications can be submitted via email, fax or in person. Late applications will not be considered unless there is a rare surplus of space available.
All applicants will be expected to take a placement exam at Elsinore Middle School on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. If your student cannot be in attendance that day, the application will still be considered, but if there is an equally qualified candidate who did test, preference will go to that applicant. NOTE: this exam is just one of the criteria that the admissions committee will consider.
The Admissions Committee will consider the following information as part of the selection process:
* 2018-19 CAASSP test score and level
* 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 at EMS
If you have any questions regarding the GEMS Program or the application process, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or the Next Steps button below. If you still have questions after that, please contact via Kim Shotts, GEMS Coordinator by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 951-674-2118.