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The LAUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program creates high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments.

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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)


The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program of the LAUSD Division of Instruction works to ensure that students who demonstrate outstanding ability or potential are helped to make the most of their unique talents and capabilities.

The GATE program provides differentiated instruction to students with exceptional intellectual ability, high achievement ability, specific academic ability, leadership, creativity, and visual and performing arts abilities. Instructional programs are planned and organized as an integrated experience throughout the regular school day, supplemented with other differentiated activities related to the core curriculum.

The GATE programs holds a series of Parent Professional Development meetings at local district offices to provide parents of GATE students with information about how gifted students learn and an overview of the differentiated instruction offered to gifted learners.

See also:

GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter

The GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter is issued by LAUSD four times per year Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

You can download the latest issue or back issues from the GATE/SAS Parent Newsletter page.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Based on academic performance, through creative and critical thinking, a teacher or administrator at Palms can recommend your child as a candidate for the programs offered by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). CTY offers online programs "designed to enrich academically advanced students" as well as summer residential programs.

If you would like more information, contact the Palms Magnet Office or call or email the CTY information Office at 410-735-6277 or


Ms. Shin, GATE Coordinator

Spring 2023 GATE Events

Spring Gifted/SAS Parent Meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 5:00-6:00pm

Zoom link

Download flyer

Spring 2022 GATE Events

The free 13th Annual GATE/SAS Virtual Parent Conference will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 8:30am-12:30pm. The event will feature two dynamic speakers with an agenda catered to the needs and interests of parents of gifted learners.

No registration is necessary.

➡ Zoom link

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

Spring Gifted Meeting

The meeting formerly for Monday, March 14, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm has been postponed. We'll post an update when we have the new date.

➡ Zoom link

Identifying GATE Students, Spring 2022

The deadline to submit a referral for identification of GATE-eligible students is Friday, March 4, 2022.

For more information on the GATE identification process, download the Parent Brochure:

English  ⬇ Spanish

Fall 2022 GATE Events

Fall Gifted/SAS Meeting

For parents of GATE, SAS, and Gifted Magnet students and anyone who wants to learn more about our GATE and SAS program.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

6:00 to 7:00pm

Zoom link

Fall 2021 GATE Events

Fall Gifted Meeting

Monday, September 27, 6:00-7:00pm

Guest speaker Dr. Matsui, a former principal and deputy superintendent, shared the power of resiliency through challenges, and teachers shared best practices in the classroom that support gifted learners.

Articles that Dr. Matsui recommended:

  1. Resilience
  2. What Reading Does for the Mind (Cunningham 2001)


⬇ Followup questions and answers

13th Annual Symposium on Gifted Education

to be announced

Parent Workshops

Current and prospective GATE and SAS parents are invited to the GATE Parent Workshop on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

The live webinar will provide an overview of the Choices application and verification process. it will also show how Schools for Advanced Studies and Gifted Magnets can meet your child's learning needs.

Zoom link

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish