Westlake Elementary Gifted and Talented Education

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program provides unique education opportunities for students who have been identified as gifted and talented. GATE students at Westlake are clustered into classes by grade-level, facilitating differentiated instruction and dynamic interaction among students. Focus is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving activities. Westlake students participate in an eBlock session during their school day, once a trimester GATE students participate in a specific class geared towards problem solving activities (K-2) and entrepreneurship skills (3-5)

Westlake holds GATE parent meetings three times per school year.  Additionally, CVUSD has a GATE District Advisory Committee that meets once a month to discuss program goals and needs. A parent representative from Westlake attends these meetings and brings back information to share with parents. Westlake also has a teacher who serves as GATE coordinator, who attends monthly meetings, shares information with the staff, and helps coordinate the GATE parent meetings.

Talk to your child's teacher if you are interested in having your child tested for the GATE program. Parent permission to participate is on file in the front office. Once students are identified, they remain part of the GATE program.

For more information, please contact or stop by the school, or visit the CVUSD GATE webpage.


Calling all GATE students to Lunch Bunch. Westlake Elementary will host guest speakers and special activities designed to engage the gifted child. 

Our next GATE Lunch Bunch is Thursday, January 18th. 

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. 

At Westlake Elementary, all students and parents are welcome to participate in Odyssey of the Mind (OM). Passionate about expanding our students' learning potential, WLE is encouraging students and parents to utilize this opportunity for enhancing creativity and problem solving.

2018-2019 Odyssey of the Mind Interest Form

Odyssey of the Mind Links


Sample problems: 2013 Synopsis

Start Up Kids

At Westlake Elementary, we have been partnering with local college professors to enhance and develop our GATE student’s “entrepreneurial” growth-mindsets.The Start-Up Kids program help them discover, create and grow entrepreneurial ideas by encouraging independent thinking, inspiring creativity, and enabling problem-solving skills that are necessary for a successful and fulfilling future. 

GATE students in grades 3-5 will participate once a trimester in the program completing three modules: Explore, Create and Build. We are so very excited to have Start-Up Kids at our school. 

Noetic Math

The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem solving contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to enrich their problem solving experiences. The contest is for students in grades 2-5.