• Gifted and Talented Curriculum & Instruction

    LAUSD curriculum and instruction offerings are designed around standards-based curriculum, and incorporate the best research and practices in gifted education. A variety of experts and resources have been used in the development of the program. The core curriculum differentiation model from Sandra Kaplan which considers acceleration/pacing, depth, complexity, and novelty, is one resource used by the GATE staff to refine existing curriculum and to design appropriate offerings.

    Current district-adopted core textbook-publishers™ curriculum extension suggestions are also analyzed and incorporated into the program offerings, if appropriate. In addition, out-of-level materials are frequently included to extend experiences. In LAUSD, GATE students have full access to an extensive range of materials and activities which help them to be successful.

    Once learning goals are established, GATE staff at every school work together with department chairpersons, site GATE coordinators, and/or the district GATE coordinator, to design specific instruction and curriculum which not only addresses the learning needs and characteristics of GATE students, but also emphasizes the interdependence of subject matter and skills, and allows for individual student interests, choices, and self-initiated input.

    Other essential elements of GATE student curricular experiences include those which encourage critical thinking and problem solving, address unresolved issues and problems of society, encourage social problem solving, encourage the creation of unique products and strategies, foster both leadership and followership, and include career awareness, exploration, and preparation. Articulation of GATE program learning objectives is accomplished through both formal and informal single grade/department and cross grade/department meetings.

    Differentiated curriculum is delivered to student during the regular school day regardless of whether the level is elementary, middle, or high school. In elementary school, students are cluster grouped within their classroom. They receive instruction in language arts, math, science, and social science, based on the individual assessment of skill and interest levels, and are often, but not always, accelerated using out-of-level materials and concepts. They always work for a portion of every day with mental peers.

    At the middle school, identified students usually participate in three-period GATE core classes comprised of reading, language arts, and social science. As in the elementary schools, the middle school GATE classes differentiate through complexity, depth, and novelty of the core curriculum. Students are also assessed in math and placed in classes appropriate to their abilities.

    At the high school level, students choose from a menu of specialty, honors, and Advanced Placement classes. The Honors and higher-level courses include Honors English in grades 9 and 10, Advanced Literature and Composition (11), Honors Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Spanish II and III Honors, French IV and V, German IV, Japanese III and IV Honors. Advanced Placement courses are also offered in English (12), U.S. History, European History, Computer Science, Statistics, Calculus A/B and B/C, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, French Language, and Music Theory. Also available are post-secondary opportunities where students spend a part of their regular school day attending classes at Long Beach City College, Cypress Community College, or California State University, Long Beach.

    In all cases, the curriculum offered is based on student needs and interests, and incorporates the elements of the core curriculum differentiation model as described by Kaplan. Also considered for inclusion are experiences which provide GATE students with the opportunity to develop commitment to ethical standards, positive self-concepts, sensitivity and responsibility toward others, and contributions to society.

    Technology is available as a tool for learning to every GATE student, and is thoroughly integrated into the program offerings. Students not only have open access to classroom and lab computers, but are provided explicit instruction which includes areas such as word processing, presentation software, simulation games, content-specific programs, use of the internet, email, digital cameras, and video creation.


    Total number of students


    Percent Prof./Adv. In ELA

    Percent Prof./Adv. In


    % of Population


    All Students grades 2-12















    GATE and ELL









    113 (108)

    GATE and S.E.D.