Contact Information

Shauna Ashmore
Director, Student Support Services
(805) 497-9511 x3321
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Stefanie Caswell
GATE, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) 
(805) 497-9511 x3322
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Letty Garcia
Secretary, Student Support Services
(805) 497-9511 x3320
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Welcome to GATE

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) provides qualitatively differentiated learning experiences for students with unique abilities, interests and talents with the expectation that students will be successful learners capable of performing at high levels of ability. Research has shown that specialized instructional strategies, along with opportunities for gifted students to interact with each other on a regular basis, yield higher academic performance, as well as improved social and emotional well-being.


Do you have a newly identified GATE student and wonder what this new world is all about? Our New GATE Parent presentation slides in English and Espanol can help. If you have any questions, please email Stefanie Caswell.


Dr. Miller's presentation on Executive Functioning provides insight into what it is and discusses strategies to help strengthen your student's individual Executive Functioning, both in and out of the classroom. Presentation slides in English and Espanol are also available.

Upcoming Events

District Activities:

  • Secondary Wacky Wednesday - Rube Goldberg Minecraft Edition! on May 18th from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. Information will be emailed to 6th - 12th grade GATE families for sign up, one week prior to the event.
  • Elementary - Rube Goldberg Minecraft Edition! Information will be emailed to elementary GATE families (by grade level) for sign up, one week prior to each event.
  • 5th grade on Tuesday, May 24th from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.
  • 4th grade on Wednesday, May 25 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.
  • 3rd grade on Tuesday, May 31st from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.


We are excited to announce CVUSD’s Fifth Annual Teen Tech Convention, sponsored by Student Support Services Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, is coming soon! This interactive STEAM focused convention will take place virtually at each of our Middle School campuses via Zoom on Wednesday, June 1 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. (Students will be excused from class for this on-site "field trip.") The Teen Tech Convention is a FREE EVENT open to all CVUSD 6th grade students, however, GATE students will have priority when signing up. 


Check out the GATE-DAC 2022-2023 Calendar to see when our next district GATE parent meeting will take place. For detailed meeting information, visit Board Docs to access the agenda and zoom webinar attendee link 72 hours prior to our Friday morning meeting.