Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) provides qualitatively differentiated learning experiences for students with unique abilities, interests and talents with the expectation that students will be successful learners capable of performing at high levels of ability. Research has shown that specialized instructional strategies, along with opportunities for gifted students to interact with each other on a regular basis, yield higher academic performance, as well as improved social and emotional well-being.

    Do you have a newly identified GATE student and wonder what this new world is all about? Our New GATE Parent presentation slides in English and Espanol can help. If you have any questions, please email Stefanie Caswell.

Upcoming Events

  • District Activities:

    We are pleased to announce our district-wide GATE enrichment events and activities..."After Class Enrichment Series" (ACES) with a blend of in-person and virtual activities every month.

    • Middle school GATE students will have the opportunity to join us at Colina Middle School on Thursday, December 8th, as we work with Mr. Norwalt to design nameplates using CAD software (Aspire) and learn a little about CNC routers and laser engravers in the process. With limited materials and space available, students and families can enter the "interest lottery" which will be emailed one week prior to the event. 
    • 4th grade GATE students are invited to come celebrate National Gingerbread House Day with us on Monday, December 12th and design digital versions of their creative masterpieces in Minecraft! Information will be emailed to elementary GATE families for "lottery" sign up one week prior to the activity.


    If your GATE student has an idea for an activity they would be interested in attending, please email Stefanie Caswell.


    Are you looking to get connected with other GATE families?
    Check out the GATE-DAC 2022-2023 Calendar to see when our next district GATE District Advisory Council parent meeting will take place. For detailed meeting information, visit Board Docs to access the agenda 72 hours prior to our Friday morning meeting.

Contact Information

  • Shauna Ashmore
    Director, Student Support Services
    (805) 497-9511 x3321

    Stefanie Caswell
    GATE Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) 
    (805) 497-9511 x3322

    Gloria Alamir
    Secretary, Student Support Services
    (805) 497-9511 x3320

Learn More About GATE:

  • Program Information

  • Parent Involvement

  • Is your GATE identified student new to CVUSD?

  • Interested in having your child screened for GATE?

  • Universal Screening for Third Grade

  • Forms