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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. Okihara, GATE Coordinator

From the Palms GATE Coordinator

Welcome GATE students and families!

My name is Ms. Okihara, 6th grade teacher in the Palms Middle School Modern Media and Communications Magnet. I support the school community as the GATE coordinator.

I am excited to assist each of you through the Gifted and Talented identification processes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Identifying GATE Students, Fall 2021

GATE Coordinator Ms. Okihara is collecting referrals for identification of GATE-eligible students.

The deadline to submit a referral is Friday, October 1, 2021.

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

English  ⬇ Spanish

Spring 2022 Parent Conference

The free 13th Annual GATE/SAS Virtual Parent Conference will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 8:00am-noon. The event will feature a dynamic keynote speaker and two self-selected workshops catered to the needs and interests of parents of gifted learners. Learn more about the complexities of your gifted child from cutting edge researchers, teachers, psychologists and more

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

Spring 2022 GATE Events

Spring Gifted Meeting

Monday, March 14, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm, Palms Auditorium

2020 Spring Gate Events

The following meetings and events are for parents of gifted students.

Spring 2020 GATE/SAS Parent Workshop - Local District West - CANCELED

February 20, 2020, 6:15-7:30pm

Loyola Village Elementary School, 8821 Villanova Avenue, Los Angeles

Pre-registration not required. Parents may attend any location.

Eleventh Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference - CANCELED

March 14, 2020

Flyers: English | KoreanSpanish

Gifted/Talented Conservatory of Fine Arts 39th Annual Gala Events - CANCELED

Visual Arts Division Exhibition

April 2020, 10:00am
CSU Los Angeles Fine Arts Gallery

Performing Arts Division Showcase Performance

April 2020 (date to be announced), 3:00pm
Esteban Torres High School Auditorium

Spring Gifted Meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6:00-7:00pm
Palms Auditorium

2019-2020 GATE Events

Fall Gifted Meeting

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:00-7:00pm, Palms Auditorium

Local District West Magnet - Dual Language - Unified Enrollment Fair

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm
Baldwin Hills Elementary Pilot & Gifted Magnet

11th Annual Symposium on Gifted Education

December 14, 2019, 8:00am-12:45pm
Bernstein High School, 1309 N. Wilton Place, Hollywood, CA 90028

Parent Workshop: Twice Exceptional Students: Unique Gifted Learners

Portola Middle School, 18720 Linnet Street, Tarzana, CA