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Guiding Exceptional Minds with STEAM

     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.



Applications for the 2020-21 GEMS program were due to EMS by Friday,  November 22, 2019, no later than 3:00 pm.  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.


MAKEUP DATE ADDED FOR THE PLACEMENT TEST:  If you are unable to attend the placement exam on December 7, 2019, you may now attend the makeup date on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in room 303.  Park in the Mohr Street parking lot and follow the signs. 


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 kim.shotts@leusd.k12.ca.us  or by phone at 951-674-2118.

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted

     SENG is a wonderful organization dedicated to educating parents and teachers about the unique needs of gifted students.  They are having a Parent Group Facilitator Training in San Diego in October.  This is a terrific opportunity for GEMS parents to get practical information on the following topics related to gifted learners: 

  • Characteristics
  • Motivation
  • Discipline
  • Stress Management
  • Peer Relations and Sibling Rivalry
  • Tradition Breaking 

For more information or to register, go to SENG's website

We love our CAMPS!
The camps are always something that students remember for a lifetime.  This year has been great!  

You may direct questions regarding specific camps to the teachers listed below. Approximate cost for each camp & teacher contact:
6th Grade Mile High Pines - cost is $280
Mrs. Powell - field trip coordinator

This year's camp is scheduled for May 5- 8, 2020

7th Grade - Catalina Island Marine Institute - cost is $500 approx.

  Mrs. Blakemore - field trip coordinator
Catalina Island Marine Institute Information
(7th grade GEMS camp)

This year's camp is scheduled for March 9-13, 2020

8th Grade - TBD 
Ms. Wiertzema - field trip coordinator


GEMS Community Service

The GEMS Program highly encourages its students to participate in a minimum
of five hours of community service per semester. Students should turn them into their science teachers.

Contact the GEMS Coordinator for more information: