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Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

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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 GATE testing window for the 2021-2022 school year will be March 7th - April 1st. All 3rd grade students will be assessed for GATE. 

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.


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 Resources