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Gifted and Talented Education


Gifted and Talented Education programs are integrated into the instructional programs of all schools in the Hayward Unified School District and are designed to meet the needs of students who consistently demonstrate abilities beyond those of other children of their same age.

HUSD educators work hard to provide differentiated learning opportunities in order to challenge and support the abilities and talents of our students, as well as shore up their areas of need.


For more information about gifted and talented abilities, see National Association for Gifted Children.


HUSD uses multiple measures to assess academic giftedness and talent in the arts, including teacher observations and recommendations, and classroom performance and assessment.

Students may be identified by a combination of formal assessment, and/or evaluation by a GATE Review Team.

Once identified as gifted and talented, a student will be eligible for HUSD GATE programs and opportunities for as long as he/she is enrolled in an HUSD school

Students exiting HUSD

Once a student receives a HUSD GATE Eligibility Form, this document may be taken to a new school district. Each school district maintains specific eligibility requirements for GATE, therefore students are subject to the requirements of the new district.



At the Elementary level, teachers are offered professional development to enhance their skills in challenging and supporting gifted and talented students. 

Students may be offered a combination of alternate assignments, individual contracts, and after school programs, (e.g. STEAM, drama, chess…).

HUSD teachers work to provide enrichment opportunities that are designed to reveal the gifted potential in Hayward students.


At the secondary level, students are clustered based on subject-matter competency, as well as have the opportunity to select from various elective courses that fit interest levels.

STEAM Showcase
STEAM Showcase website website

HUSD Virtual STEAM Innovation Showcase: Building a Better World

The HUSD Virtual STEAM Showcase is an exciting, districtwide event designed to share our work with the whole community, including parents, students, teachers, dignitaries, and community members. This event is a collaborative extension of the HUSD Science Fair and Parent University Family Technology Awareness Day. 

The 2021 STEAM Showcase is a celebration of our distance learning and highlights innovative projects and student and family programs in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics.   

Visit our HUSD STEAM Innovation website, to view the awesome project videos!

Thank you so much for encouraging and supporting your students in participating this year! We hope to see you next year at our 2022 STEAM Showcase!

Contact Information

510 784-2600

24411 Amador Street

Hayward, CA 94544

GATE Teacher on Special Assignment -
Kristen Eng Popper, Ext. 72725,