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Millbrae School District

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)


2017-2018 School Year and Beyond

Identification Process / All 3rd Grade Students

Level 1

Automatic, and based on local norms

  • Ability Test TBD by GATE Committee
  • Parent Input Form

Level 2


  • Ability Test TBD by GATE Committee
  • Teachers will be asked to complete the Student Profile of Gifted Characteristics (Renzulli Scale)
  • Parent Nomination/Input Form

Level 3

Alternative Pathway

  • Students who demonstrate exceptional performance may be nominated for the GATE Referral Process by teachers, principals or parent/guardians. Nomination may be based on standardized academic data or completion of the student portfolio process.
  • Teachers will be asked to complete the Student Profile of Gifted Characteristics (Renzulli Scale)
  • Parent Nomination/Input Form 


















GATE Committee Members

Principal Daina Lujan, Meadows
Julie DiMaio, Lomita Park
Natalie Buitrago, Meadows
Denise Elliott, Spring Valley
Kathleen Richardson, Taylor
Assistant Principal Mark Zabzdyr, Taylor


Click Here for November Meeting Minutes 


What are MESD GATE programs?

  • Enrichment Activities: Students remain in their regular classrooms but participate in supplemental educational activities planned to augment their educational programs.
  • Cluster Groupings: Students are grouped within a regular classroom setting and receive appropriately differentiated activities from the regular classroom teacher

    Program Model
  • In elementary and middle school, all students receive differentiated instruction within the mainstream classroom. Teachers enrich and extend the core curriculum for gifted students by differentiation instruction, content, and process.
  • Through differentiated assignments developed to meet their academic and intellectual needs, GATE students are able to explore and expand to their maximum potentials. These differentiated opportunities are available to all students, not just those who are formally identified.
  • Advanced math courses are available in 7th and 8th grades


The goals of Gifted and Talented Education are defined as follows:

  • To provide students with opportunities for learning that maximize each students’ abilities
  • To assist and encourage students to acquire skills and understanding at advanced academic and creative levels
  • To aid student in expanding their abilities to communicate and apply their ideas effectively
  • To encourage an enthusiasm for learning.


Contact Us
Millbrae School District 555 Richmond Drive
Millbrae, CA 94030
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