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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 Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.

GATE Advisory Committee (GAC) Parent Workshop
Personalized Learning and GATE in MBUSD
Proposed GATE Plan Board Presentation-May 4, 2016
OLSAT 8 Description
OLSAT 8 Testing for GATE Identification
The OLSAT 8 exam will be offered to grades 3-7 for GATE identification during the month of March.  Please contact your school's principal for specific testing and make-up testing dates between March 1st and March 29th.  Grade 3 exams will be administered during the school day.  Grades 4-7 exams will be administered after school by voluntary sign-up.  You will want to contact your school office for more information about signing up to take the exam.  Students who have already been identified for GATE do not need to take the exam again. 
Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT8)
The exam time allotted for each level is 40 minutes.  The exams will be administered as follows:
Grade 3-Level D (64 items)  
Grade 4-Level E (72 items)  
Grade 5-Level E (72 items)  
Grade 6-Level F (72 items) 
Grade 7-Level F (72 items)  
GATE Advisory Committee (GAC) Minutes and Presentations
Other Resources
GATE Overnight Field Trips at MBMS

6th Grade GATE Overnight Field Trip

  • Program/Location: USS Midway in San Diego
  • Dates – Feb. 7-8, 2020
  • Students will depart MBMS at 1:00 PM and return the following day at approximately 11:30 AM


7th Grade GATE Overnight Field Trip

  • Program/Location: Ocean Institute – Sea Floor Explorer Program in Dana Point
  • Dates
    • Mar. 25 to 26, 2020 (girls)
    • Mar. 26 to 27, 2020 (boys)
  • Students will depart MBMS at 1:00 PM and return the following day at approximately 12:00 PM


8th Grade GATE Overnight Field Trip

  • Program/Location: Fulcrum Adventures in Ojai
  • Dates – Nov. 7 to 8, 2019
  • Students will depart MBMS at 12:30 PM and return the following day at approximately 4:30 PM



Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind Information
Los Angeles Region Odyssey of the Mind
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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: