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.
Our program serves 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.
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, TED Talks for students, and more. For details, contact your child’s teacher or school principal.
Resources: GATE at Home
Looking for some great educational opportunities to provide for your GATE student outside of the school day? Check out these links for some local options.
- The Tech Challenge – (put on by The Tech Museum of Innovation): Your child can form a team to design a solution to a real world challenge.
- Lyceum: Offers seminars and activities for gifted students.
Additional resources and information for parents of gifted students:
Question about GATE?
Our GATE Advisory Committee meets four times per school year. Dates are listed on the district's calendar.
Talking to your child’s teacher is the best place to start. The teacher can tell you how your child’s individual needs are being met in the classroom.