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Who We Are

The GATE Parents Group works with the San Mateo Union High School District to provide a high-quality Gifted and Talented Education Program. We are parents of GATE identified students from the six comprehensive high schools in the district.

What We Do

  • FUND innovative activities at the teacher, school and district level.
  • Encourage and sponsor EDUCATION for students, parents and professional staff.
  • Provide ENRICHMENT courses to students in the District with priority given to GATE identified students.
  • ADVOCATE for the GATE Program and the students and parents of the program.
  • Promote COMMUNICATION with the SMUHSD and among students, parents and professional staff.


We are members of the California Association for the Gifted.

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Enrichment Classrooms/Instructions/Directions

Class instructions and directions will be sent out about one week prior to the start of each class via the email you provided when you enrolled. For questions, please contact enrichment@gateparents.com. Here are the classroom assignments:

* 3D Video Game Development in UNITY: BHS, F201 (CTE Lab)
* SF Digital Photo Safari - Session 2: Millbrae BART
* Introduction to Java Programming: BHS, C106
* Millennial Tastemakers: BHS, F202
* Mock Trial Workshop: HHS, M-F Room 855 (new building) (No field trip on Friday)
* Introduction to Forensic Science: SMHS, Biotechnology Center
* Introduction to Computer Science in Python: CHS, A303
* Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Burlingame Public Library, Room TBA
* Sojourn to the Past through the Eyes of a Civil Rights Icon: CHS, H103
* Creative Writing: MHS, Room 122
* Mobile Apps using App Inventor: BHS, C106




Take an enrichment class this summer!

A variety of workshops has been created just for you, and spaces are still available:

* Meet an award winning Civil Rights icon and learn from history to develop your own world view.
* Take a walk on the wild side and solve a crime in Forensic Science.
* Be creative in culinary arts (Millennial Tastemakers), Entrepreneurship, Creative Writing, computer programming, Mobile Apps, and Mock Trail.

Whatever you choose, sign up before it's too late (for entering 9th through 12th grade students). In the event of low enrollment, GATEPG reserves the right to cancel a class up to two weeks prior to the start date. You will be notified, and a full refund will be provided. Please contact enrichment@gateparents.com for questions.

Register for Forensic Science

Back by Popular Demand....

Introduction to Forensic Science - Summer Enrichment Class

4 day workshop will introduce students to crime scene documentation, laboratory tools and techniques to process evidence and court room testimony to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

Students will process a vehicle, owned by a missing person. Forensic evidence in the form of blood, bullets, trace, skeletal remains and DNA will be recovered from the vehicle and processed to reveal what may have happened.

July 3-7 (no class July 4)
San Mateo High School

Register for an Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity!
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Enrichment Class: Sojourn to the Past through the Eyes of a Civil Rights Icon

This Summer, Take a Class for an Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity...
* Be part of a meaningful dialogue with a member of the Little Rock Nine!
* Collaborate with like-minded people who share your passion for civil rights.
* Increase your awareness of global citizenship, and learn strategies for implementing lessons from the civil rights era in your daily life.
* For students considering taking AP US History, this class will help them with the AP exam.

Instructor: Jeff Steinberg is an American History teacher and founder of Sojourn to the Past. He has worked with thousands of high school students and civil rights heroes alike. He specializes in "living history" and facilitates experiential learning in order to bring history to life and give meaning to the present. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Sojourn to the Past has been featured in the USA Today, SF Chronicle, The San Jose...