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MUSD GATE Program Plan

Plan del Programa para Dotados del MUSD

Gifted & Talented Education Program

General Overview

In California, public schools may apply for educational funds to assist in providing appropriate learning opportunities for those students identified as gifted and talented. A basic gifted program will include: testing to identify gifted students; grouping students within a class or for all or part of the school day by ability; providing curriculum that is challenging and allows continuous progress; developing social and emotional skills; training for teachers and administrators in the education of gifted learners; providing counseling and support for gifted students who are at-risk; and involving parents in the planning and evaluation of GATE programs.  

To obtain a copy of the GATE law and/or a copy of the standards, go to the CAG web site ( ), Califfornia Department of Education - GATE web site (cagifted.orgl ), or call the CDE at 916-323-5124 or 916-323-5831. In some districts, Article 3 School-Based Education Code may apply.

The Montebello Unified School District's philosophy is:

All students will have access to the highest education possible, appropriate to their maximum capabilities aligned with the mandated state standards. Students, when participating in a differentiated curriculum, will become analytical, talented, creative thinkers and problem solvers.

The Montebello Unified School District's Vision:

To create an organization that addresses the needs and interests of our diverse and dynamic community.

The Montebello Unified School District's Mission Statement:

To create a learning community focused on preparing all students to achieve personal and academic success in the future.


  • Identify and service potentially gifted and talented students in grades Kindergarten – 12.
  • Identify and service underrepresented populations through various screening and researched based approaches.
  • All students will meet or exceed the state academic content standards. The curriculum will be differentiated through acceleration, depth, complexity and novelty.
  • GATE teachers will differentiate instruction with new emphasis on the social and emotional needs of gifted students.
  • The GATE Office will provide annual professional development to MUSD elementary, intermediate and high school staff regarding the intellectual, social and emotional needs of the gifted.