Gifted & Talented Education
Gifted students demonstrate a capacity for excellence far beyond that of other children their age.
What does it mean to be gifted?
Being gifted does not necessarily mean that a child is a straight-A student. They may get poor grades and leave their parents frustrated and wondering what to do. For example, some gifted children are perfectionists and won’t turn in an assignment out of fear of the evaluation that follows.
The State of California defines gifted students as those pupils who demonstrate a capacity for excellence far beyond that of other children their age. The way they learn includes a range of characteristics that may require instructional modifications, generally called Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services. In Campbell Union School District, about 12% of our students are identified as gifted.
How do we identify students for GATE services?
Each spring, we use a nonverbal ability test to screen all 2nd grade students for GATE services in Campbell Union School District. Students who score above a predetermined percentile are identified as GATE. Parents of 3rd-8th graders who missed the screening in 2nd grade may ask for testing at any time. GATE is also available to students who have proof that they qualified for GATE in their previous school district.
In September, parents whose children completed the GATE screening the previous year receive the results. We also notify the child’s teacher and principal so they can differentiate instruction appropriately for that child.
GATE at school
Gifted and Talented Education is in every school.
Every school has GATE students, so every school offers gifted and talented education. We meet our gifted learners’ needs in multiple ways—through differentiation within the classroom and with additional enrichment programs beyond the regular school day, such as math and critical thinking games, STEAM labs, Science buddies, Computer Coding Club, middle school GATE class periods, TED Talks for students, and more. For details, contact your child’s teacher or school principal.