Gate Parent Resources

Commnity Advisory Committee of Gifted and Talented Education (CAC-GATE) serves as an important vehicle for parent and community involvement in the educational program of gifted and advanced learners. The committee is comprised of parent representatives from each school within our district. Three committee meetings are held annually to promote open communication between district administrators, school staff, and parents. Meetings also provide parents with information and opportunities related to gifted education. If you are interested in volunteering as a parent representative, please speak with your school's GATE site teacher representative. Meetings are open to all IUSD community members.  

Below are Parent Resources regarding IUSD's Gifted and Advanced Learners programs.

Community Advisory Committee

CAC-GATE BOARD 2019-2020

Kara Rydman

District Coordinator

Katherine Jacobs Teacher Representative
Kathy Larson  Teacher Representative

Mary Olson

Teacher Representative

Sherry Mostofi

Parent Representative

Yi Tang

Parent Representative

Yufeng Zhang (Frank)

Parent Representative


2019-2020 Parent Representative Meetings

GATE Site Parent Representative meetings are open to all IUSD parents. Meetings are held to promote open communication between district administrators, school staff, and parents. Each year our GATE Parent Site Representative Meetings also host a parent book club open to all interested community members. Book Club discussions will be held during the first part of the meeting. The last part of the meeting will be reserved for general parent site representative business and discussion. Our Book Club 2019 Selection for the year is Square Peg by L. Todd Rose. These meetings are intended for adult attendance only. Childcare will not be available.

General GATE Information and Book Club 
IUSD’s Learning Center, 3387 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606
9:00 am to 10:30 am  

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Room 5
    Book Part III Discussion

2019-2020 General Meetings 

IUSD offers two programs to serve advanced learners in 4th through 6th grades, GATE and APAAS. This year we launched our virtual GATE and APAAS Parent Night. This is the same presentation as the February 13, 2020 GATE and APAAS Parent Night. This virtual Parent Night Presentation can be accessed at this hyperlink or by clicking on the image below.

GATE and APAAS Parent Night Presentation

Thank you for your interest in our programs. If you have any questions after reviewing the video and resources on this website, please email our department at

Due to the recent decision to extend the closure of IUSD schools through Friday, May 1, we will be canceling the CAC-GATE Parent Night: Paul Kanarek, College Wise scheduled for Thursday, April 23,  2020. We look forward to offering this event again in 2021.


* Meetings are intended for adult attendance only. Please arrange for childcare to attend this evening event. * 


The GATER blog is intended for our GATE families and other community members interested in the education of Gifted and Advanced Learners. Through the GATER we will share information about IUSD's program as well as other information and resources to support you as you raise your child. Anyone can join the blog and receive email notifications for postings by entering an email address in the box at the top right corner of our main page. If you are just joining this communication, please enjoy past editions of the GATER. All editions from last year are available in the archive located on the right panel of this blog.