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Directly aligned with the California State's goals, philosophy, and Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students, the State's Coordinated Compliance goals, research-based practices, the district's vision, mission, and core values, and reflecting the values and beliefs of the district's stakeholders, the ESUHSD GATE program's philosophy is to ensure the academic, personal, and social success of each and every student by providing opportunities that will enable all gifted students to maximize their potential and exceptional abilities; address their affective as well as cognitive learning through the development of positive self-concepts and respect for diversity; enhance critical thinking skills; and to provide support for a successful seamless transition from the feeder schools - to high school - to challenging postsecondary education opportunities and/or careers.
Our GATE program's goals are to: (1) provide instructional opportunities for gifted and talented students to acquire self-generating, problem-solving thinking skills and understanding at advanced levels commensurate with their needs and abilities; (2) continue to identify GATE students, including those from diverse cultures, ethnic, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds; (3) provide guidance and support to students so that they develop realistic, healthy self-concepts, increase their sensitivity and ethical responsibility to others, and prepare for postsecondary educational opportunities and/or careers; (4) provide research-based best practices professional development; (5) increase parent participation in all facets of the GATE program; and (6) implement an accountability system that will ensure continuous program improvement.
ESUHSD's GATE program objectives are: (1) to provide our GATE students with differentiated instruction; (2) to increase underrepresented student identification and ensure full participation of students from economically disadvantaged and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds by 10%; (3) to provide guidance and support to our 2,902 GATE students; (4) to provide our staff with research-based best practices professional development opportunities; (5) to increase parent participation in the GATE program by 10%; and, (6) to increase program satisfaction by 10% as indicated by student, staff, and parent surveys.

Governance & AdministrationTop of Page

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The East Side Union High School District utilizes the Site Based Management model of governance. GATE programs and funds are being implemented and administered at the local level.

At the beginning of each year, the GATE advocates notify the instructional staff of the availability of funds. The advocates are also acts as local experts on GATE funding protocol and issues. Proposals for GATE projects are submitted by staff to the GATE advocate. The advocate is responsible to support the staff to ensure that the proper protocol has followed.

The School Site Council acts as the GATE advisory council and review and award projects with the support of the GATE advocate.

InvolvementTop of Page

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Parent Meetings
Our GATE parents are involved in the implementation of our goals at the local level via the School Site Council. Please Contact the local GATE Advocate for your site to find out how to be involve. In addition to the annual meeting with all of our GATE parents, parents are encouraged to participate in local parent meetings as well as one-on-one meetings with the school counseling staff. The following are your local GATE advocate and their contact
School GATE Avocate Telephone Email
Andrew Hill Marie Anderson 347-4100 click here
Calero Maria Fernandez 347-7686 click here
Evergreen Joanne Savage 347-7081 click here
Foothill Christine Wright 928-9100 click here
Independence Jan Adkins 928-9500 click here
James Lick Kathryn Evans 347-4400 click here
Mt Pleasant Joe Lovato 937-2800 click here
Oak Grove Binh Lieu 347-6630 click here
Santa Teresa Theresa Durnin-Chaid 347-6200 click here
Yerba Buena John Mora 347-4700 click here

FundingTop of Page

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Annually the GATE advocate and the principal is notified of the allocations amount. It is the goal of the GATE program at East Side Union High School District to use 100 % of the funds allocated in a given academic year on the students of that year. For funding information, please contact your local GATE advocate or Mr. Tim Nguyen at 347-5241.

Staffing & Professional DevelopmentTop of Page

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Differentiated Instruction
Providing appropriate instruction and related activities to meet the special needs of gifted students by:

  • Modifying teaching strategies to improve the quality of the content, process, product, and learning environment for gifted learners
  • Modifying teaching approaches to accommodate unique characteristics of gifted learners

Teaching & LearningTop of Page

 Stanford School of Engineering Opportunity for GATE Students and Others!
For the first time in its history, Stanford is offering some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere ("SEE") expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience.

SEE launched its programming by offering one of Stanford's most popular sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science taken by the majority of Stanford's undergraduates and seven more advanced courses in artificial intelligence and electrical engineering.

Stanford Engineering Everywhere offers…
  • Anytime and anywhere access to complete lecture videos via streaming or downloaded media.
  • Full course materials including syllabi, handouts, homework, and exams.
  • Online social networking with fellow SEE students.
  • Support for PCs, Macs and mobile computing devices.

Stanford encourages fellow educators to use Stanford Engineering course materials in their own classrooms. A Creative Commons license allows for free and open use, reuse, adaptation and redistribution of Stanford Engineering Everywhere material.

Harvard College Announcement
Harvard College has announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free… no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: