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Escondido Union ESD |  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) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Escondido Union 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 2012-13 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 full potential. The board shall provide gifted and talented students opportunities for learning commensurate with their particular abilities and talents.

Programs for gifted and talented students 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. These programs may be augmented or supplemented with other differentiated activities related to the core curriculum using such strategies as independent study, acceleration, and enrichment. (Education Code 52206)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

Staff Development

The board shall approve a district plan for gifted and talented education (GATE) which meets criteria established by the State Board of Education for program approval.

The district's program shall 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)

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

The board shall determine the most appropriate curricular content areas for participating students. Each participating student's program shall include an academic component, and as appropriate, instruction in basic skills. (Education Code 52206)

The superintendent or designee shall ensure the full participation of eligible students regardless of their ethnic, cultural, linguistic, or economic background.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

Staff development shall be provided to support teachers of gifted and talented students in understanding the unique learning styles and abilities of these students and in developing appropriate instructional strategies.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

Program Evaluation

The board shall regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the district's program in meeting the needs of gifted and talented students.

District administration shall annually review the progress of students enrolled in the district's GATE program and administration of the program using methods identified in the in the district's GATE plan, and may require modifications in the program as indicated by the results of this review. (5 CCR 3831)

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 - Standardized Testing and Reporting Program)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

Advisory Committee

The superintendent or designee shall appoint an advisory committee to support the needs of the GATE program and to assist in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. The committee shall include the district's program coordinator, certificated staff, parents/guardians of GATE students, community members, and students as appropriate.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

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: October 23, 2003 Escondido, California

revised: October 22, 2009