• Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)



    The purpose of the Oak Park Unified School District's GATE program is to promote respect and responsibility as cornerstones for a lifetime of learning and global citizenship.  The program provides gifted learners with differentiated curriculum experiences including critical thinking, inquiry, problem solving, and creativity.  Classroom instruction differs in pace, depth, and complexity of study in order to meet the gifted learner's characteristics of intensity, complexity, and precocity.  Individual learning styles and social-emotional needs are also considered, as well as exceptional abilities and special talents.


    GATE District Advisory Council (DAC)

    The GATE DAC provides guidance to the Board of Education and District regarding the GATE program. The DAC meets monthly to share information, research, and ideas related to the instructional and social-emotional needs of gifted students. 
    The 2022-23 GATE DAC members are:
    Tammy Herzog (Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Chair), Ellen Chevalier (Coordinator of Instructional Programs), Sarah Rosenblum (BES Site Rep), Michelle Cass (ROES Site Rep), Jessica Jimenez (OHES Site Rep), Vanessa Heller (MCMS Site Rep), Jeya Nandagopalan (Parent), Yi Zeng (Parent), Jennifer Nicholls (Parent), Judy Wiener (Community Member), Denise Helfstein (Board Member) 
    The 2022-2023 meeting dates are: TBD (please check back soon)