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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Network

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program provides challenging curriculum and instruction to gifted and talented students in California capable of achieving significantly beyond the level of their peers.  GATE funds are used to design and deliver a supplemental differentiated program for individuals or groups of gifted and talented students with special needs.

Program Guidelines for Districts 
The California Department of Education (CDE) administers the Gifted and Talented 
Education (GATE) Program, which provides funding for local school districts to develop opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving pupils in elementary and secondary schools.  With the passing of Senate Bill X3 4, districts may opt to use GATE funds for any educational purpose.  If the district uses the funds for a GATE program, each school district governing board determines the criteria used to identify students for participation in the GATE Program.  The program offered by a district must be approved by the CDE and must include the following six elements as required by Education Code 52200(c) of state legislation pertaining to gifted and talented education:

  1. Differentiated opportunities for learning commensurate with the gifted and talented pupil’s particular abilities and identified talents
  2. Alternative learning environments in which gifted and talented pupils can acquire skills and understanding at advanced ideological and creative levels commensurate with their potential
  3. Elements that help gifted and talented pupils develop sensitivity and responsibility to others
  4. Elements that help to develop a commitment in gifted and talented pupils to constructive ethical standards
  5. Elements that assist gifted and talented pupils to develop self-generating problem-solving abilities to expand each pupil’s awareness for choices for satisfying contributions in his or her environment
  6. Elements that help gifted and talented pupils develop realistic, healthy self-concepts

Programs must be consistent with the applicable statues and regulations and are required to be planned and organized as integrated, differentiated learning experiences within the regular school day.  All students receive the same core curriculum; however, gifted students should be challenged through qualitatively different delivery of instruction provided by teachers with specialized training.

Additional Information


Nancy Stubbs
Coordinator, Categorical Programs 
858-569-5301