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Our District provides a flexible system of program options to gifted and talented students based on their needs, interests, and abilities.  Honors, advanced standing, and advanced placement courses are available on all campuses.


How do I find out about activities?

Program announcements are made available via the GATE Parents group website. (see also below)

Website: www.gateparents.com


GATE Coordinators

Tiffany Wang - Aragon High School




Burlingame High School

(650) 558-2899


Kimbery Salas - Capuchino High School




Stephen Asp - Hillsdale High School




Hope Price - Mills High School




Casey Teague - San Mateo High School




District GATE Liaison

Samia Shoman

(650) 558-2233


GATE Parents Program

The GATE Parents Group is a non-profit organization that works with the San Mateo Union High School District to:

  • Provide enriching activities to GATE students
  • Provide educational opportunities to GATE parents, students teachers
  • Provide financial grants to SMUHSD teachers focused on GATE students
  • Provide SAT preparation classes

About the GATE Program

Voluntary enrichment activities are offered during and after school, in the evenings, school holidays and on weekends to broaden student knowledge of a specific field, encourage students to meet others, provide time for discussions in subject matter not covered in the classroom, and explore future education and career opportunities.

GATE candidates are identified by teachers, counselors, parents, and on-site-coordinators as gifted and talented in one or more of six categories:

  1. intellectual ability
  2. creative ability
  3. specific academic ability
  4. leadership ability
  5. high achievement
  6. outstanding talent in visual and performing arts

Criteria for GATE students

Click the link to view the PDF file:  Student Criteria