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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 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 2023-24 school year:

Our official recruitment period for the 2023-24 school year will begin in November 2022. Check back on this webpage for the following year's recruitment information then. 

New GEMS Families:
Incoming GEMS Orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 9th at 10:00a.m.  Students will engage in fun activities and meet some of their classmates until 11:30 a.m.  Parents are then invited to come back and hear a short presentation on the GEMS Program and what to expect this year.  See you Tuesday!!

Prospective GEMS Families: 

Have questions about the GEMS Program?

Please, view our informational video

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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 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. 


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.  GEMS parents 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.   

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

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

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

8th Grade 


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:

[email protected]