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The mission of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s (MBUSD) Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) is to provide gifted and talented students differentiated instruction that is commensurate with their abilities. Gifted and talented students pursue their education under the guidance of GATE certificated teachers in an atmosphere that is intellectually and academically rigorous, fosters creativity, and provides emotional support.

For more information, contact Brett Geithman, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.
GATE Parent Orientation (click here for the presentation)
The GATE Parent Orientation meeting was held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 7:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) at Manhattan Beach Middle School, 1501 N. Redondo Ave.  
Program Information 

  GATE Advisory Committee (GAC) Meetings for 2016-17   
GAC Meetings for the 2016-17 school year will consist primarily of GATE parent workshops from experts in the field:
  • September 30, 2016 (8:30am-10:00am in the District Office Board Room)
  • November 30, 2016 (9:30am-11:30am in the MBMS MPR)
    • David Ghoogasian
    • Title: Mindset and the Mind/Brain Behind the Scenes: Helping our Children to Succeed in School and Beyond
    • Description: We all know students and others in our lives who seem to be able to overcome obstacles, face challenges, and persevere while others seem to give up when confronted with even a minor learning or life challenge.  Add to the mix that the brain and mind work in ways that often defy what we consider to be rational thinking.  How do the ways we think and the ways we speak to others affect our potential success in school and in life? Are there any particular considerations for the Gifted? In this workshop, participants will walk away with a better understanding of what we can do and say to help our children, students (and ourselves) to be more successful in school and in life beyond school.
    • Sign up here
  • December 14, 2016 (9:30am-11:30am in the Board Room at the D.O.) and recorded on LiveStream (recording is linked here)
    • David Ghoogasian
    • Title: Technology and the Brain: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and the (as yet) Unknown
    • Description: Anyone who follows the news or is interested in parenting in the 21stCentury will inevitably encounter articles, opinions, press releases,stories, and exposés on the effects of technology on children and adolescents. Some say technology is desirable, some say it is detrimental.The barrage of information, often conflicting, can be confusing and misleading. Are there some underlying truths? What do we really know that may be helpful to us as parents? In this session, we will explore some of these important questions.
  • January 11, 2017 (9:30am-11:30am in the MBMS MPR)
    • David Ghoogasian
    • Title: The Gifted Brain: Is there a Difference? Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
    • Description: As parents, we realize that our gifted children have certain characteristics that are wondrous yet may pose challenges for both them and us. Together we will explore some of these characteristics and potential ways to deal with the challenges they may present.
  • February 22, 2017 (9:30am-11:30am in the Board Room at the D.O.) 
    • David Ghoogasian
    • In this session, we will synthesize what we have learned in previous sessions, build upon these learnings, reflect, and apply this information to foster and build positive and productive Family and School Partnerships where our children can thrive.
GATE Progarm At A Glance 2017-2018
Personalized Learning and GATE in MBUSD
Proposed GATE Plan Board Presentation-May 4, 2016
GATE Advisory Committee (GAC) Minutes and Presentations

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind Information
Los Angeles Region Odyssey of the Mind
Click here for more information about LA area events.
Summer Opportunities

There are many summer opportunities designed specifically for gifted and talented students in the elementary, middle, and high school grades. The web links below are sponsored by the California Association for the Gifted, the National Association for the Gifted, and the Texas Association for the Gifted. Inclusion of these links and the companies mentioned within does not imply endorsement by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. If you have specific questions about summer opportunities, please contact the companies noted in the links directly, or you can contact the sponsoring organizations via phone or email.
California Association for the Gifted (CAG)
Phone: (916) 441-3999 Email:

National Association of the Gifted (NAGC)
Phone: (202) 785-4268 Email:

Texas Association of the Gifted
Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director Phone: (512) 499-8248 Email: