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Castro Valley USD |  BP  6172  Instruction

Gifted And Talented Student Program   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Castro Valley Unified School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Board of Education believes that all students deserve an education that challenges them to meet their fullest potential. The Board shall provide gifted and talented students in grades K-12 opportunities for learning commensurate with their particular abilities and talents.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0420.1 - School-Based Program Coordination)

(cf. 6000 - Concepts and Roles)

The district's program may be designed to provide articulated learning experiences across subjects and grade levels and shall be aligned with and extend the state academic content standards and curriculum frameworks.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

Instructional Components

The district's GATE program may include special day classes, part-time groupings, and cluster groupings which shall be planned and organized as an integrated, differentiated learning experience within the regular school day. This program may be augmented or supplemented with other differentiated activities related to the core curriculum using such strategies as independent study, acceleration, postsecondary education, and enrichment. (Education Code 52206; 5 CCR 3840)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6172.1 - Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

Program Evaluation

The Board shall conduct an annual assessment of the GATE program. (Education Code 52208)

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 - Standardized Testing and Reporting Program)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

Legal Reference:


37223 Weekend classes for mentally gifted minors

41500-41573 Categorical education block grants

48800-48802 Enrollment of gifted students in community college

51740 Instruction by correspondence

51745-51749.3 Independent study programs

52200-52212 Gifted and talented education program

52800-52887 School-Based Program Coordination

64000 Categorical programs included in consolidated application

64001 Single plan for student achievement, consolidated application programs

76000-76002 Enrollment in community college


1633 Instruction by correspondence

3820-3870 Gifted and talented education program

Management Resources:


GATE Standards Workbook: A Guide to Design, Improve and Assess Gifted Programs, 2005

Meeting the Standards: A Guide to Developing Services for Gifted Students, 2002


Gifted and Talented Education Program Resource Guide, rev. 2005

Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students, rev. 2005



California Association for the Gifted:

California Department of Education, Gifted and Talented Education:

Council for Exceptional Children, The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG):

National Association for Gifted Children:


adopted: January 12, 2014 Castro Valley, California