Humboldt County Office of Education: GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) 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 and identification varies by school typically includes one of the following:

  • SOI (Structure of Intellect)
  • CogAT© (Cognitive Abilities Test™)
  • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test
  • IQ Test
    OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test©)

The CDE also provides additional guidance for gifted and talented identification and programs here.

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

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024
Cal Poly Humboldt

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 |