GATE Parents Group

  • The Gate Parents Group works with the San Mateo Union High School District to provide a high-quality Gifted and Talented Education Program. 

    Visit the Gate Parents Group website.

    Please visit for more information and to register for these GATE Parents Group sponsored courses. Classes are open to all students and are typically taught by SMUHSD teachers.


    Gate Parent Group Fall Classes - Early Bird Rates End August 25


    Please note: A limited number of scholarships are available for the below workshops for SMUHSD students on a first come first serve basis for households with demonstrated financial need. For more information, visit the Gate PArents Group website. 

    Fall College Essay Strategies

    This GATE Parents Group-sponsored class focuses the development of quality essay and personal statement drafts for the UC and Common Application Essay prompts. HS seniors will have enrollment priority but interested juniors will be placed on a waiting list and admitted if space is available. Classes are also open to non-SMUHSD students.

    Orientation and small group sessions

    Location: Aragon High School

    Orientation: Tuesday, September 10, 6-8 pm

    Two Small Group Sessions: Tuesdays, September 17 and 24; 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm

    Two private follow up sessions with instructor

    Location: Burlingame Public Library

    45 minutes each (over course of Fall, variety of times to choose from)

    Early registration (discounted rate) through August 25.  Regular registration August 26 - September 9.

    Register online at

    Questions? Email the instructor Kevin Nelson at


    SAT and ACT Prep Classes 

    The GATE Parents Group sponsors SAT and ACT Preparation Classes several times a year, taught by SMUHSD teachers, appropriate for sophomores, juniors and seniors. They focus on test taking strategies and how the students can prepare themselves for the rigors of standardized testing. Classes are also open to non-SMUHSD students.


    Registration for the SAT class targeting the November 2, 2019 SAT test:

    Classes at San Mateo High, Saturdays: September 21, 28, October 12, (skip 10/5), 10/19, and 10/26

    Register for Morning Sessions (8:30am-noon) OR Afternoon Sessions (1pm-4:30pm)

    Early registration (discounted rate) through 8/25.  Regular registration 8/26-9/14.


    Registration for the ACT class targeting the October 26, 2019 ACT test:

    Classes at San Mateo High on 6 Saturdays: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, and 10/19

    Register for Morning Session (9am-noon except last class 10/19 at 8am-noon)

    Early Registration (discounted rate) through 8/25.  Regular registration 8/26-9/7.


    For more information and to register, please visit

    For questions on the SAT Prep classes, email 

    For questions on the ACT Prep classes, email


    Important: Students are responsible for registration to take the actual tests.

    For SAT test registration, visit the College Board website

    For ACT test registration, visit

    Parent/Guardian Workshop

    Workshop: The Well-Balanced Perspective on College “Fit”

    Thursday, September 12 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    San Mateo Performing Arts Center
    600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo

    Save the date! Registration opens in early August for this free event.

    Spanish and Chinese interpretation will be provided.

    This program is presented in partnership with Challenge Success and the GATE Parents Group.

    The college admissions process can be a source of stress and anxiety for students and parents alike. This research-based workshop addresses many of the important questions we hear from families. What do college rankings really measure? Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What is “fit” and why does it matter?

    Participants will learn practical strategies to help reduce unnecessary pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support their student’s overall well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. Participants will leave with practical strategies to apply at home and at school.

    Margaret Dunlap, M.A.
    School Program Director, Challenge Success

    Margaret manages the School Program, providing coordination, resources, and support to Challenge Success schools and provides professional development and parent education to school communities nationwide. She has held various roles in leadership, teaching, and program management within public and private education for over 25 years.


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