Gifted and Talented Education (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.

Upcoming Events

  • Districtwide Enrichment Opportunities:

    We are excited to host the fifth Invention Convention for curious, innovative, creative, and problem-solving 3rd - 5th grade students in CVUSD! The districtwide Invention Convention Student Showcase will take place on Thursday, March 30th, from 6 - 7 PM in the University Center MPR, located at 2801 Atlas Avenue in Thousand Oaks.

    District GATE Activities:

    We are pleased to announce our district-wide GATE enrichment events and activities..."After Class Enrichment Series" (ACES) with a blend of in-person and virtual activities every month.

    • Elementary GATE students are invited to an interactive/collaborative afternoon with some hands-on board game fun on Wednesday, April 5th. Information will be emailed to elementary GATE families to complete the lottery/interest form for possible participation one week prior to the activity.


    If your GATE student has an idea for an activity they would be interested in attending, please email Stefanie Caswell.


    New GATE Parent Meeting:

    We are excited to offer an informational parent meeting for our newly identified GATE families on Friday, March 31st from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the University Center MPR, located at 2801 Atlas Avenue in Thousand Oaks. Topics to be discussed in the meeting include:

    • What is GATE
    • Identification in CVUSD
    • Gifted Characteristics
    • Strategies for meeting students' needs
    • GATE resources
    • GATE-DAC information/parent support 


    Are you looking to get connected with other GATE families and involved in GATE in CVUSD?
    Check out our GATE-DAC 2022-2023 Calendar to see when the next district GATE District Advisory Council (GATE-DAC) parent meeting will take place. For detailed meeting information, visit Board Docs to access the agenda 72 hours prior to our Friday morning meeting.

Contact Information

  • Shauna Ashmore
    Director, Student Support Services
    (805) 497-9511 x3321

    Stefanie Caswell
    GATE Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) 
    (805) 497-9511 x3322

    Gloria Alamir
    Secretary, Student Support Services
    (805) 497-9511 x3320

Learn More About GATE:

  • Program Information

  • Parent Involvement

  • Is your GATE identified student new to CVUSD?

  • Interested in having your student screened for GATE?

  • Universal Screening for Rising Third Graders

  • Forms