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Regional Representatives (Santa Lucia)


Santa Lucia Region

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


Susan Graulty
Educator Representative



Paula Simka
Parent Representative


Educational Opportunities

This area is being updated with new content for the year.

Upcoming Events

This area is being updated with new content for the year.

Regional Opportunities

10th Annual Student-to-Student Conference

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1–5 pm at DeAnza College, Cupertino.

Please join us for the 10th Annual Student-to-Student Conference. As always, this conference is FREE for all participants and is open to all students in grades 3–12. This is a conference by and for students: students present 15-minute workshops on their favorite subjects; other students attend these workshops! You can be a workshop presenter or just come to enjoy all the amazing presentations. Workshop presenters get a FREE conference tee shirt!

Registration is now open. Please go to http://www.CAGSantaLucia.org to register and learn more. Presenters need to register no later than April 20; attendees not presenting are asked to register also, no later than May 10.

And we are always happy to accept your tax-deductible donations, to help support this 100% FREE and all-volunteer organized educational event. Go to http://www.cagsantalucia.org/donate/ to learn how you can donate. There will again be “door prizes” that all presenters and donors are eligible to win. We look forward to seeing you at the 10th Annual Stu2Stu!

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: https://www.lyceum-online.com.

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

Some of the educational resources are provided for a fee. CAG Santa Lucia does not profit from any outside programs. Our intent is to provide information about some of the available resources for gifted students, parents, and teachers. 

iD Tech Camps

At iD Tech, ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Weeklong summer programs held at Stanford, Santa Clara, San Jose State, MIT, and 150+ universities nationwide. This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 alumni. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future.

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 is welcome, whether they are attending public-private or homeschool. The Monterey County Gifted is about connecting and empowering the 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 encouraged to share resources, ask questions, and plan events. To join, please contact montereycountygifted@gmail.com 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 the 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 meets 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 are important.

More regional information for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties may be found on our regional website: www.giftedcalifornia.org. 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 the 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.