card header iconFrequently Asked Questions

Listed below are common questions as it relates to the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.  If there are additional questions relating to the Washington Unified GATE program, please contact:

Connie Vandorien
Administrative Secretary II
Phone#: (916) 375-7604 ext. 1301

card header iconGate FAQ's

1.  What is GATE?
GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education.  Each state established their own recommendations, standards, and funding for servicing the needs of gifted students.  Each district that wishes to participate in the state GATE program can apply for funding.  The local district then establishes its own program to service students enrolled in the local GATE program.

2.  What does it mean to be Gifted?
According to California Education Code 52201, gifted children are identified "...as possessing demonstrated or potential abilities that give evidence of high performance capability...".  California Education Code 52202 additionally states that "High performance capability shall be defined by each school district governing board in accordance with regulations established by the State Board of Education."

3.  Where can I find additional information of GATE?
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
https://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/gifted-education-practices
This webpage explains the importance for the educational community to collaborate with diverse learners across all social demographics, allowing for instructional practices aimed at high achievement among identified GATE students.

Edutopia
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/uppervention-for-gifted-talented-students-josh-work
Article from Edutopia that explains the need to revamp intervention efforts towards the GATE populations within classrooms nationwide to promote higher engagement in curriculum.

California Association for the Gifted (CAG)
www.cagifted.org/?page=Parents
This page provides information with some California specific resources for parents and students to become immersed in options available to upper grade, college bound GATE students.