So your child is GATE, now what?

A resource guide for families of the Gifted and Talented learner


The Federal definition of a GATE student:

Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities


What to expect from your child:


Common Characteristics of a gifted person

Emotional Intensity in gifted children

GATE resources at MEA:

  • Our school ensures that your child is able to learn at his/her ability, even if it is above grade level.  Textbook Lists are on our library’s website.
  • Cover sheets for advanced classes have more rigorous work for the Gifted student.
  • The Makerspace provides opportunities for exploration and discovery including sewing, a 3D printer, legos, and much more.
  • We provide numerous  Extracurricular activities in many different subjects to enhance your child’s learning.

  • Field trips and special outings are provided throughout the year as listed in the Monday Messages

  • Our school library provides access to library books and monthly library challenges as well as online resources from our catalog's homepage.

GATE resources at SDUSD:

GATE resources on the web :

Resources for GATE children with disabilities:

The Gifted Writer

The Artistically Gifted

Beyond the classroom, free resources to enhance your child’s learning:


Useful Technology Tools


1- Database portals

  • Jstor:

  • Ebscohost:

  • Proquest:

2- Research Tools

  • ERIC:

  • Scholar:

  • Refseek:

3- Curation tools

  • educlipper:

  • Scoopit:

  • Pinterest:

4- Make professional animated videos

  • GoAnimate:

  • PowToon:


5- Make beautiful visuals and posters

  • Canva:

  • Thinglink:

  • Piktochart:

6- Take notes

  • Evernote

  • Google Keep

  • memonotepad:

7- Timeline creation

  • Hstry:

  • TikiToki:

  • Timeglider:

8- Communicate with parents

  • Remind:

  • ParentSquare:

  • Twitter:

9- Make presentations

  • Google Slides:

  • Haiku Deck:

  • Prezi:

10- Reference tools

  • EasyBib:

  • Zotero:

  • Mendeley:


Compiled by Vivian Sink

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