Contact Information

Dr. Juan Manuel Santos
Director, Student Support Services
(805) 497-9511 x233
Email Dr. Santos

Maria Chavez
Student Support Services
GATE, SARB, Interdistrict Transfer, Caregiver Authorization, Homeless/Foster Care
(805) 497-9511 x296
Email Maria

Welcome to GATE

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) provides qualitatively differentiated learning experiences for students with unique abilities and talents in all academic areas and/or visual and performing arts with the expectation that students will be successful learners capable of performing at high levels of ability. Research has shown that specialized instructional strategies, along with opportunities for gifted students to interact with each other on a daily basis, yield higher academic performance, as well as improved social and emotional well being.

If you are interested in your student being tested for GATE talk to your teacher regarding a referral for the 2017/18 school year.

Although parents may submit a GATE referral independently, teacher referrals are preferred. Teachers are required to provide additional assessment information which aids in identification process. If you choose to refer your student independently complete the GATE referral form and send directly to Student Support Services with a letter explaining your reasoning behind the referral. 

Click here for referral form

Click here for parent referral letter English   Spanish


Program Options - Elementary

Students are clustered in at least one class at each grade level at each site. Focus is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving activities, and sustained academic success. Curriculum is modified to meet student needs. Accelerated or extended opportunities are provided as appropriate. Students are encouraged to participate in optional activities provided by the school, district, and local colleges.

"Solve It Day" sponsored by the District at different school locations.


Program Options - Secondary

Students have an opportunity to meet together for at least one period a day in an appropriate honors or advanced placement class. Participation in optional activities provided by the school, district, and local colleges is encouraged.

Program Content

Content of the GATE Program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Qualitatively differentiated learning experiences in academic areas, the visual arts and the performing arts.
  • Accelerated learning options.
  • Development of critical thinking and creative problem solving abilities.
  • Development of ethical standards, realistic healthy self concepts, sensitivity and responsibility.
  • Alternative interventions for underachieving, economically disadvantaged or culturally and linguistically diverse GATE students. 

If your child was identified as GATE in another District we need the following information to assess if they are eligible for GATE in CVUSD.

Results/Test type for all previous tests.

Star Testing/Standardized testing results.

Please send this information with a letter describing your student to:

Student Support Services
1400 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

The best way to understand what is happening in your child's education is to get involved with the people who make it happen. 

Each school has a parent representative who attends monthly meetings of the GATE District Advisory Committee. The purpose of the meetings is to provide information about gifted students and the District's program, review general student progress, plan special events during the year, and make recommendations to enhance the program. Attending GATE-DAC meetings and sponsored activities provides you with additional understanding of the District's program and services available to your child. It also gives you the opportunity to meet other parents who have similar challenges and concerns. On a biannual basis, all parents are asked to complete a survey form evaluating their child's experiences with the GATE program. This information is used as a basis for modifying the program for the next year. You might also check with the principal at your child's school to see how you can assist at the site. We look forward to your involvement.

If you are interested in having your child tested for the GATE program talk to your child's teacher! They can complete a referral for GATE testing and send it to Student Support Services. Parents can also refer their own children, but it is best if the teacher refers so that additional assessment forms are completed.

Students are identified as having exceptional ability in one or more of the following categories: Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic-Math, Visual and/or Performing Arts.

Parental Consent for GATE Testing 2017/18
Please sign the Parental Consent for Pupil Assessment and Participation form English and Spanish and return to Student Support Services. This form must be signed by parent/legal guardian in order for your student to participate in GATE testing.

You can mail or email the form to:

Student Support Services
1400 Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
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*Or you can return the completed form at your assigned testing time.