GATE Web Resources

Organizations for the Gifted Piedmont G.P.S. (Gifted Parent Support) is a parent group with the goal of helping educate and advocate for the needs of gifted/high-ability and twice-exceptional students in Piedmont, CA.

What is gifted? We use the term to describe when a person thinks and behaves in ways that are advanced and different when compared to same age peers.  The National Association for Gifted Children ( defines a gifted person as someone who shows, or has the potential for showing, an exceptional level of performance in one or more of the following areas:

  • General intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Visual or performing arts

Twice-exceptional is defined as a gifted person with some form of a learning disability, behavioral problem, or any of a variety of other challenges.

Piedmont G.P.S supports parents, teachers and administrators on ways to meet the unique and special needs of the gifted.

California Association for the Gifted The CAG provides advocacy and awareness for gifted individuals and links to resources. Offers parent and teacher “Institutes” and sponsors an annual conference.   Includes a list of educational Internet resources, reading lists, summer camps, organizations, journals, programs, information clearinghouses, and free and low cost materials.

National Association for the Gifted Less parent-friendly than California Association for the Gifted, this site includes public policy and national program information as well as an annual holiday toy list for gifted kids

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) seeks to inform gifted individuals, their families, and the professionals who work with them about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons, both children and adults.

General Info (for students and parents)

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page This site provides links and information for all things gifted.  There are links for smart toys, blogs, on-line discussion groups, podcasts, conferences (world-wide), books, resources, and some gifted tutorials.  If you are searching for information this is a great place to start.

Bay Area Gifted List A low-volume discussion forum for parents of San Francisco Bay Area children.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted SENG seeks to inform gifted individuals, their families, and the professionals who work with them about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons.

Gifted Development Center serves as a resource center for developmentally advanced children and adults.  They provide assessment, counseling, and consulting services.  The web site provides information about issues regarding giftedness, especially as it relates to non-academic issues.

Prufrock Press This publisher offers access to blogs, books, information and teacher resources.  Prufrock Press is a publisher of various books and other materials for students, teachers, and parents.

Enrichment Activities and Education Programs

Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University CTY identifies students of high academic ability through a talent search.  Students of high ability are then eligible for various programs and camps organized by JHU.  They provide access to summer camps at selected colleges and on-line courses.

UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program
A summer program at UC Berkeley (for 7th through 11th graders)  or at a local elementary school.  Classes are available to highly motivated students who qualify.  Qualification is based on a student’s overall academic profile by application.

Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) The Education Program for Gifted Youth offers multimedia distance-learning courses using the computer for qualified students through high school and beyond.

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science COSMOS brings together the students of the next generation of prospective scientists, engineers and mathematicians in California.  They offer a variety of academic clusters not traditionally taught in high school.  It is a four-week residential program at a UC open to qualified and selected students.

California State Summer School for the Arts (InnerSpark) A rigorous, residential training program for students talented in visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film.  The school is run by a state agency so resident students attend at a reduced fee.

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