GATE (Gifted & Talented Education)

GATE: Gifted And Talented Education

Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter provides programs to meet the differentiated instructional needs of gifted and talented (GATE) students. These instructional programs are designed to improve educational options and increase professional training to support the development of gifted and talented youth. Our 2022-2023 Annual GATE Report has been reviewed and has received EXEMPLARY status. 


Please click on this link 2022-2023 GATE Report to view SOEC GATE Report.


Any parent may contact our Gifted Coordinator through the office, at 818-784-8283 with any questions.


Conservatory of Fine Arts

The Conservatory of Fine Arts program is:

  • A 19-week Saturday morning instructional program that runs from October through April
  • Taught by District personnel, as well as selected arts professionals
  • Aligned to the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework, which addresses the arts and college/career readiness standards
  • Offered at California State University, Los Angeles (no transportation provided)
  • Open to students attending LAUSD schools in grades 3-12 who have been “identified” in the talent areas or have been recommended by their schools of attendance


An invitation to apply was sent via U.S. Postal Service to students identified gifted/talented in the arts (dance, drama, voice, or visual arts). Students identified gifted/talented in the arts have priority placement in the program. Students who participated in the Conservatory last year have already received notification to continue their enrollment. Continuing students have second priority placement.

All other District students in grades 3-12 who demonstrate potential, but are not yet identified as gifted/talented in the arts, are welcome to apply. New, non-identified students will be admitted to the program by lottery as space is available.


Please direct any questions about the Conservatory of Fine Arts to Dr. Nicole Niederdeppe, District Coordinator at (213) 241-6500 or  [email protected].

Gifted/Talented Programs

Advanced Learning Options

Division of Instruction

(213) 241-6500