Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.)

  • Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Education Program!

    Our G.A.T.E. program is a partnership between the S.M.U.H.S.D. and the G.A.T.E. Parents Group. Each of our comprehensive sites have a G.A.T.E. coordinator. Our program is available to District students only. Students are identified as G.A.T.E. from their previous schools or through the district criteria.  In the 2016-17 school year, we had approximately 2,000 G.A.T.E. identified students.

    We provide a flexible system of program options to gifted and talented students based on their needs, interests, and abilities. Honors, advanced standing, and advanced placement courses are available for students on all campuses. Our G.A.T.E. coordinators are capable, professional, and dedicated to assisting your child in reaching their fullest potential.

    Our district uses the following criteria to identify students for our GATE program. 




    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.


    College Prep Courses

    SAT Bootcamp (targeting 8/24/19 SAT test)

    *Morning session: Jul 29-Aug 2, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-12:00pm.

    *Registration closes 7/22, one week prior to the class. 

    College Essay Strategies

    *Evening session on Jun 3 @ 5pm-7pm, Jun 4-5 @ 5pm-6pm, or June 4-5 @ 7-8pm; and two one-on-one 45 min private follow-up sessions.

    *Registration closes 5/27, one week prior to the class.


    Summer Enrichment Courses: Registration closes one week prior to each class. 

    These one-week courses are developed for entering 9th through 12th grade students:

    June 3-7: Intro to Forensic Science | ‘Shark Tank’ Discovering Business

    June 10-14: SF Digital Photo Safari | Intro to Economics and Stock Market Investment | Chemistry Camp

    June 17-21: Mock Trial Workshop | Biotechnology Boot Camp

    July 15-19: 3D Modeling and Animation | Culinary Tastemakers | Intro to JAVA Programming

    July 22-26: Game Development in UNITY | Creative Writing


    A limited number of scholarships are available for SMUHSD students from households with demonstrated financial need. Scholarship applications are due two weeks prior to the start of class and should be emailed to:

    Scholarship Application:


    See more detailed course information on locations and times at  

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