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Lyceum: How to qualify

  1. Student must live or go to school in the vicinity of Santa Clara County, California OR be willing to come to Santa Clara County for seminars. (Lyceum only serves the Santa Clara Valley and seminars are generally in Santa Clara County.)
  2. Student must be in 2nd-8th grade.
  3. Family must submit qualifying test documents from the list below before full membership is granted.
  4. Once admitted, the annual membership fee must be paid. See FAQs for details.

California Standardized Test Results (aka CAASPP or SBAC)

An overall math score percentile of 95th or higher OR an overall language score percentile of 95th or higher. You can look up maximum score ranges for each grade here and compare it with your student’s overall math and language score provided in his or her individual score report.

Please note, CAASPP is an achievement test not a test for giftedness. If you suspect your child is gifted, but his or her CAASPP scores do not reflect it, please consider one of the other accepted tests.

Standardized test scores must be no more than 2 years old.

GATE Letter 

Some school districts in Santa Clara Valley use testing to identify gifted and talented students. Being accepted into a GATE program within your school district will qualify your child for Lyceum. Please submit the letter you received from your school and any additional backup, if any, the school has provided.

Center for Talented Youth/SCAT Test

The CTY/SCAT test is the least expensive, non-school option for getting your child tested. It can be done by going through the process provided by John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.  Once you have received your qualification notice through JHCTY, you can forward that to Lyceum with your application.

IQ Tests

To qualify, your child must score in the 98th percentile or above on overall IQ or any major sub-category. The most common test given is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V).

This test is not given by the schools, but can be done through private testing.

IQ test scores must be no more than 5 years old.

Other Tests

Lyceum also accepts over 100 other tests used to measure intellectual ability. Any intelligence or achievement test that appears on the Johns Hopkins CTY Acceptable Tests and Subtests list can be used. We will accept your child’s highest score on any of these tests even if that score was achieved prior to this year. Lyceum’s criteria is 98th percentile or higher on an overall score or main sub-test. Examples of these tests: OLSAT, RAVENS, etc. If you have a question about whether a certain test can be used to qualify for Lyceum, please email

Other test scores must be no more than 2 years old.


  • You only need to qualify once, with any one of the tests above.
  • Lyceum does not give a separate test for admission. You qualify using the tests listed above.
  • For questions about qualifying for Lyceum, send an email to