Gifted & talented education program school for advanced studies

Gifted & talented education program
Gifted and Talented students need differentiated educational programs and services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their ability to contribute to self and society. Click here to find information for current and prospective families and LAUSD educators. This includes identification categories and procedures, documents and resources, as well as options available to students once identified. 

School for advanced


Castle Heights is designated as a School for Advanced Studies (SAS). This means that all of our teachers have had the additional training and professional development required to meet the needs of Gifted and High Achieving students. The SAS program is not run separately from the school as a whole, but rather it is integrated into the work done in every classroom, so that every child benefits from a more challenging learning experience. Children who have been designated as academically gifted, have additional learning opportunities throughout the year, including supplementary enrichment classes and field trips.




The LAUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program recommends the following resources for parents who want to provide educational activities to students at home. Feel free to explore these sites.




Ideas for learning at home with or without screens.

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Hand-selected lessons and activities for learning at home.


virtual GATE/SAS Webinar

January 20, 2021 (Elementary)

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 838 9380 0779 Passcode: 509090


January 21, 2021 (Secondary)

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 845 1117 9351 Passcode: 465850

This year, students and families have faced unprecedented and unparalleled challenges, testing the limits of human resilience. Due to their unique cognitive and socioemotional makeup, the gifted and talented have been disproportionately impacted by the global pandemic, social upheaval and the uncertainties associated with the sudden shift to remote learning. Brave New Gifted Worlds presents a synopsis of these impacts on diverse gifted learners, offering unique insights, strategies and resources to support children and young adults in remote and hybrid learning environments. Parents may attend either session.

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Thinking skills grades 3-6


Thinking skills activities including logic puzzles and math brainteasers.

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Scholastic learn at home


Ideas for learning at home with or without screens.