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Humboldt County Office of Education: GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy

2021 Gate Academy Student Showcase

This year the GATE Academy, normally held at Humboldt State University early in the year, was turned into a virtual event. Check out some of the creations Humboldt County’s gifted and talented students came up with.

Students at GATE Academy

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy

Over 800 gifted students in grades 4-8 gather at Humboldt State University each January for a day of creative thinking and learning that extends well beyond core curriculum and compliments their individual talents. GATE Academy attendees are identified by their schools based on their abilities. The Academy features local professional presenters in a wide variety of subjects such as archaeology, drum making, engineering, and math mysteries for 4th-5th graders. For 6th-8th graders, sessions can include movie making, compass and straight edge construction, and sketching.

Beyond challenging students academically, the Academy also provides them a unique opportunity to interact with those from other schools who have similar talents and interests. Additionally, the Academy offers parents of gifted students a special session.

About GATE Programs

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is coordinated by the Humboldt County Office of Education to assist districts in developing unique education opportunities for students in elementary and middle schools who have been identified as gifted.

GATE Testing varies by school and could include the following.  Education Code Section 52202 describes the intended process.

  • IQ Test
  • OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test©)
  • Cog AT© (Cognitive Abilities Test™)

GATE Coordinators in the county meet monthly September through February to share curriculum and other resources as well as to plan the annual GATE Academy.

Teachers, parents, and students, check out these links to helpful information:

Next Event

2021-2022 GATE Academy Online
Fall 2021-Spring 2022 – Ongoing

GATE Information

Please contact your school/district for information about GATE.

GATE Coordinators/Teachers:
For questions about GATE program implementation and GATE Academy:

Julie Van Sickle
(707) 845-8725 | Julie.VanSickle@humboldt.edu