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Regional Representatives (Santa Lucia)

Santa Lucia Region

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

susan-graultySusan Graulty

Educator Representative

paula-simkaPaula Simka

Parent 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.

The 9th Annual Student-to-Student Conference- May 13, 2017  

Our 9th Annual Student-to-Student Conference will take place on Saturday, May 131-5 pm at DeAnza College in Cupertino!  This conference is completely free and open to all students who are interested, not only GATE identified students. Students will be able to present their learning and to learn from others.

To register and for more information, please visit our website:


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

A resource page about the specialized programs for gifted & talented education.
California Department of Education GATE information

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

Monterey County Gifted

A new parenting support group for the families of gifted children in the Central Coast is forming. Anyone parenting gifted kids in the Central Coast are welcome, whether they are attending public private or homeschool. The Monterey County Gifted is about connecting and empowering thr Central Coast families who are raising gifted kids. This group supports parents’rights to choose the best educational option for their own children, which will be different for each family. All members are encourage to share resources, ask questions, and plan events. To join, please contactt or join the Facebook and/or Yahoo groups:

Gifted And Talented (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

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.

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

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

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

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 parent representative is Paula Simka and Educator representative is Susan Graulty from the Santa Lucia Region.

What are the names and what makes them so special?

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.