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GATE Program Focus
Gifted and Talented Education supports excellence in the SRVUSD through a program that enhances the education of all students while addressing the specific needs of the gifted. A number of key elements are important to the success of our program:
  • equitable identification process
  • enrichment and pacing that ensures continuous academic growth
  • flexibility in grouping
  • school site plans that include the needs of the GATE population and resources to address those needs
  • staff development in GATE strategies
  • parent education and involvement
  • accountability through evaluation

School GATE Contacts - Call your child's school for school specific information:

GATE Parent Representative, GATE Teacher Representative or the School Principal


Meeting the Needs of GATE Students
San Ramon Valley Unified School District provides GATE students with programs that are planned and organized as an integrated, differentiated learning experience within the regular school day and may be augmented or supplemented with other enrichment activities related to the core curriculum.
Differentiated curriculum is one that regularly provides opportunities for gifted students to experience instructional techniques that address one or more of the following questions about instruction:
Pace: Is the child moving through the curriculum at a pace that insures continuous progress?
Depth: Does the curriculum allow the gifted child to go deeper than the surface of a subject area?
Complexity: Is the gifted child challenged by critical thinking and higher order thinking skills in the classroom?
Product: Does the child have the opportunity to be creative and to apply knowledge to real life situations?

Program Options

In the SRVUSD, grades 3-5 students in GATE are grouped together by forming clusters within the heterogeneous class. In addition, some schools use part-time grouping where GATE students from more than one class are brought together for instructional purposes.


At the middle school level, students in GATE are clustered within core subject classes in grades 6-8. In math, students are placed in heterogeneous classrooms. Find more information on the middle school math program.
At the high school level, all students (those in GATE or not) have the opportunity to be admitted into Honors and Advanced Placement classes.  The visual and performing arts classes base entrance into advanced classes on auditions.


GATE Task Force

In the 2018-19 school year, we formed a GATE Task Force with three goals in mind: learn from research and best practices, evaluate our current programs, and make recommendations. About 20 people representing various groups were selected, including board member, administrators, teachers, parents, and high students. In 2019-20, GATE Task Force subcommittee is continuing the work in making recommendations to best meet the needs of our students.


District GATE Office Contacts

Gregory Duran

Assistant Director,

Educational Services


Nadine Rosenzweig

Exec. Director,

Educational Services


Cathy McSweeney, Assistant


Previously Identified as Gifted in Former District

New Students in Grades 3-8 Previously Identified as Gifted in Former District: Previously identified gifted students who enter SRVUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the SRVUSD's GATE identification criteria. Parents should provide their student’s GATE identification paperwork to their school office. The paperwork needs to include: 1. document that certifies that the student was in a gifted program, and 2. name of assessment measure(s) and student’s scores used to qualify the student for GATE. Please contact Cathy McSweeney if you have questions.