Gate Parent Resources

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

Community Advisory Committee

Community 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.  

CAC-GATE BOARD 2019-2020

Kara Rydman

District Coordinator

Kristy Chao Teacher Representative
Kathy Larson  Teacher Representative

Katherine Jacobs

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 will be announced this fall. 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

  • Tuesday, October, 15, 2019, Room 5
    Book Introduction
    Overview of IUSD GATE Screening & Program Model
  • Thursday, December 12,  2019, Room 5    
    Book Part I Discussion
    Overview of APAAS Program & Application Process
  • Thursday, February 12, 2020, Room 4
    Book Part II Discussion
    Meet the CAC-GATE Board
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Room 5
    Book Part III Discussion

2019-2020 General Meetings 

February 2020 (TBD)

Gifted and Advanced Learner Parent Night, GATE and APAAS overview


Spring 2020, TBD
CAC-GATE Parent Night: Paul Kanarek, College Wise


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


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