Welcome To Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

  • GATE Program

    The Pasadena Unified School District offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program for eligible students in grades 3 - 12. The GATE program is designed to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students, and to maximize their academic and social development. Classroom instruction begins with the grade level core curriculum and is differentiated based upon student need and ability ensuring positive motivation and the intellectual growth of gifted students.

    What makes the GATE Program Unique?

    The cornerstone of the GATE Program is differentiated instruction that takes place within the classroom at all grade levels. This method of teaching requires teachers to be flexible in their approach to teaching and adjust the curriculum and presentation of information to individual learners. Classroom instruction is differentiated based upon student needs, interest, and ability, ensuring positive motivation and the intellectual growth of gifted students. 

    While differentiated instruction is applied at all grade levels, the GATE Program encompasses several other opportunities for enrichment experiences for GATE students.     

    Identification of Students

    Student identification for the GATE program begins in second grade.

    • All students in 2nd grade are assessed using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7
    • Parents, teachers, and administrators can recommend students in grades 3-11 to participate in the GATE identification process



  • Karen Anderson
    Arts & Enrichment Coordinator
    (626) 396-3600 ext. 88129
    Meet Karen

    Dr. Helen Chan Hill
    Interim Chief Academic Officer

    Tamyke Edwards
    Differentiation Specialist