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Santa Lucia Region

includes Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties










Paula Simka
Parent Representative 


Susan Graulty
Educator Representative

  Educational Opportunities and Upcoming Events

Regional Opportunities


SENG Model Parent Group in San Jose Spring 2017

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted is a forum for parents to discuss how the ideas from James Webb's book Parent's Guide to Gifted Children apply to our families. This will be facilitated by Marté Matthews, MA, MFT, a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator who is also a parent and a licensed family therapist. The Spring 2017 session will be 8 weeks long, starting February 6, held every Monday at 6:30pm. For more information, find the flyer here.

Student to Student Conference - Information for Spring 2017 Coming!

Parent & Teacher Volunteers Needed! Several times throughout the school year, our local GATE advocates meet to help in planning & fund-raising for our annual event, the Student-to-Student Conference, held at U.C. Santa Cruz mid-May. Student-to-Student is presented for students, presented by students. This event is completely free to participants & open to all students who are interested, not only for GATE qualified students. For more information about fund-raising & planning meetings & to sign up your student, please visit our website at

Check out information from last year's conference here:

Student Flyer
Prospectus Étudiant en Espagnol
Students Presenting at the Conference 


Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley

Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley is a non-profit, self supporting, parent participation organization established by parents and educators in 1971. The mission of Lyceum is to provide after-school & weekend enrichment classes and other opportunities for our gifted children that might otherwise not be available to them.  Lyceum also provides an arena for our kids to meet and socialize with other gifted children. Lyceum also offers a weekly social event for kids from several local organizations and meet up to share and play board & card games, even if your family is not a member.  For more information, please visit the website:


County Board of Education Information


California Department of Education GATE information

A resource page about the specialized programs for gifted & talented education


Community Support: County Office of Education, Santa Clara County


Community Support: County Office of Education, Santa Cruz County


Community Support: County Office of Education, San Benito County


Community Support: County Office of Education, Monterey County


Regional Resources (formerly known as Stanford EPGY-Education Program for Gifted Youth)

Unleash your child's genius!  

Developed by Stanford University, Gifted and Talented is the premier online community dedicated to K-12 advanced learning and built on a foundation of over 50 years of research. Online courses, expert tutors, information and advice designed to help parents and educators develop accelerated learners.

Galileo Learning


Description: Bay Area summer camps combining the spirit of exploration and innovation with art, science and outdoor education. Local camps available throughout the peninsula & south bay for 3 levels: Camp Galileo for Pre-K through grade 5, Galileo Summer Quest for grade 5-8, and Summer Camps at the Tech Museum of Innovation for grade 4-8.


California Future Problem Solving (the California affiliate for Future Problem Solving International, Inc.


Description: Teaching students how to think, not what to think…CAFPS combines intellectual challenge of creative problem solving with an interdisciplinary study of the future. This program helps students, grades 4-12 develop their abilities in research, critical thinking, creativity & teamwork, using a proven framework for clear and structured analysis.


Schmahl Science Workshops


Description: Because learning good science should be fun! Schmahl Science Workshops provides summer camp, homeschool lessons and after school workshops for kids in elementary & middle school, based at History Park in San Jose and local public schools.


Odyssey of the Mind

Link/Title: is the website for the national level. For the Silicon Valley chapter, please view

Description: Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.


 Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT

Link/Title: and

Description: Marté J. Matthews is a child & family therapist in San Jose with a special interest in working with gifted, talented and twice-exceptional “2E” students and their families. She is a SENG-model Parent Group facilitator, and offers linkage with resources, parent consultation & coaching and family therapy. The website contains additional information and resources for G/T/2E kids & families.


Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Guidance, support, designing education for gifted kids and their parents.



Helios School in Sunnyvale Challenging and imaginative education to engage gifted K-8 learners. Our mission is to create a K-8 school and foster a community that meet the unique educational, social and emotional needs of gifted learners and their families. 


Please take a moment to renew (or begin) your CAG membership. Your membership and support is important.

More regional information for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties may be found on our regional website: Your representative from the Santa Lucia Region is Marté Matthews, Parent Representative.  An Educator representative is being sought. Email Marté at with questions and requests for support within our region.


The DEPTH icons are language of the discipline, details, rules, patterns, trends, unanswered questions, ethics, and big ideas.

The COMPLEXITY icons are "relate over time,” "multiple perspectives,” and "across disciplines.”

The CONTENT IMPERATIVE icons are contribution, paradox, origin, convergence, and parallel.

The icons have been adopted by the California Department of Education as the preferred method for ensuring that GATE students’ courses of study are rigorous.

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