Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)


    Available to all Redwood City School District (RCSD) students through an assessment process, the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program offers students accelerated learning and enrichment opportunities, in addition to their daily differentiated instruction in a home classroom. 

    Building upon and beyond standards-based curriculum, GATE students engage in projects and field trips with their peers that dive deeper into areas such as critical thinking and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. Past activities have included visits to the NASA center and an environmental unit at the local Recology center.

    Students in this pull out program attend one to two days per month for a full school day to build on enhanced skills socially, academically, and emotionally with other GATE students. 

    RCSD tests current 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for possible participation in GATE.  The program is available for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. The primary assessment for eligibility is the CogAT, which is a mainly pictorial set of questions designed to estimate reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

    The GATE Program is housed at Clifford School and Hoover Community School. Students do not need to attend Clifford or Hoover to attend the GATE program. Testing takes place in April and May at school sites.