Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) has historically been a state-funded, though non-mandated program.  Current fiscal reductions have eliminated all but a very small amount to serve approximately 3% of our district student population.  Identified students receive differentiated instruction in the classroom.  Optional programs may also be available at your child's school or through a district program, but are contingent upon funding resources.  The curriculum for GATE is called differential curriculum which includes depth, complexity, novelty, and acceleration of content that goes beyond the core curriculum of the regular classroom.
    GATE testing typically takes place in the spring of each school year.  Parents are notified of whether their child has qualified for GATE through a letter.  Questions regarding curriculum and differentiated instruction should be directed to the Principal of your child's school or the classroom teacher.
    For more information, log on to the California Association for the Gifted website at