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Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

GATE in the Schools

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program is to identify gifted and high achieving students, including those from diverse racial, socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, and to provide high quality differentiated instructional opportunities for learning that meet the needs of these students’ unique abilities.

The goal of the GATE Program is to provide differentiated learning opportunities during the regular school day for identified students. Differentiated instruction systematically incorporates thinking at deep and complex levels and helps students to develop a broad knowledge base.  It also encourages the development of research skills and real-world products as learning outcomes. Differentiated instruction may also be delivered at a pace faster than normal. They are encouraged to become self-motivated, lifelong learners who are equipped to initiate, engage in, and reflect upon independent and group learning.


For students…

  • Instruction that is differentiated for their needs and abilities by trained teachers
  • Invitations to enrichment seminars designed for them
  • Daily interaction with others who think as they do

For parents…

  • Contact with other parents of gifted children
  • Access to current information, research, and publications
  • Notice of and invitations to special programs for parents of gifted children
Each school offers a GATE Program at their school site. The GATE teacher coordinator and parent community work together to organize a variety of learning opportunities during the school day.

GATE Parent Resources

Gifted Resources

Resources and links for gifted kids.

Center for Talent Development

A Northwestern University program that offers a number of online learning opportunities for gifted students of all ages.

California Association for the Gifted (CAG)

California Association for the Gifted (CAG) is an organization of educators and parents dedicated to meeting the unique needs or"gifted and talented students. CAG was started in 1966 by a group of educators and parents who wanted to make a difference in the lives of gifted students. CAG is one of the nation's largest state advocacy groups of its kind, providing its members informational training about the education of gifted and talented students.

National Association for Gifted Children

The national organization for parents teachers and administrators interested in spreading knowledge and awareness about gifted students and gifted education. Includes gifted-education standards.

GT Kids and Behavior: Seven Strategies to Help Kids (and Parents) Cope

Gifted kids are a unique and challenging group – for teachers and for parents. They view the world through an entirely unique lens, one that is best summed up in one word. Intense. This intensity refers to how gifted individuals approach life. At its best, intensity is the driving passion that enables some people to achieve amazing things – in any domain. But at its worst, it is the turmoil that has the power to consume these same individuals from time to time as they learn how to manage that aspect of their personality.



The Johns Hopkins University Elementary Students Talent Search

Gifted and Talented students grades 2, 3, & 4 are identified with exceptional mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities.


Academic Talent/UC Berkeley

U.S. Dept. of Education

GATE Student Resources


Khan Academy With a library of over 2,800 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 290 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Exploratorium   The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events that feed your curiosity.

Math Challenge  A website dedicated to the puzzling world of mathematics

Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum  Learn by doing! A variety of online activities test your knowledge and demonstrate the principles of aviation and spaceflight. (Families, Kids, Teachers, Librarians) You will be able to find answers and visit with experts.

PBS  (Also visit the Kid's Site, Parent's Site, and Teacher's Site)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Center Index of the Animation Series.  An index of fascinating animations created by NASA scientists in an effort to visualize collected data.

The National Wildlife Foundation sponsors a kids' site that provides hours of learning fun.

The National Zoo sponsors an entire page of fascinating web cams so students can study animal behaviors and habitats virtually.

The American Museum of Natural History has an entire website, "Ology" dedicated to the great "ologies" such as paleontology, astronomy, marine biology, and more.  A great site for K-2 students to practice reading skills.



Riveting talks by remarkable people


A creative learning tool that empowers kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit video channel with over 2,500 videos covering topics ranging from high school math and science to banking and venture capital.

Painting with Time

Explore how the world is changing by controlling the flow of time with your fingers

Poetry Creator

Create-Poetry, Poems & Poets

Science 360

Access engaging science and engineering images and videos from around the world

Brain Pop

Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free!

TinkerBox HD

Gives students an opportunity to invent machines that capitalize basic engineering concept

GATE Administrator
Sheetal Singh
All third grade students are screened for GATE using the RAVEN test in March of each year. Fourth and 5th grade students can be referred by their classroom teacher for GATE screening.