The Bayside STEM ACADEMY is the home of a special district program for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) middle school students.
The GATE program at STEM Academy is a cluster model, where a significant cadre of gifted students travel with each other throughout the day to most of their classes. The GATE students participate in a common core class for Language Arts and Social Studies, along with other high-performing students. For mathematics and Science, the students are placed in a based upon their performance on an entry tests and state tests.
Most teachers of GATE students have had extensive training in multiple strategies for gifted learners as well as in design thinking from the Stanford University d-School. GATE parents organize special activities such as field trips, and the school holds monthly meetings for GATE parents.
Overall GATE information can be found on the San Mateo-Foster City School District website.