Categorical Programs

El Segundo Unified School District provides English Language Learners (ELL) with a challenging core curriculum that develops proficiency in English. All ESUSD teachers hold appropriate credentials to apply SDAIE strategies and provide sheltered English immersion. The district assesses proficiency of English Language Learners using the CELDT test on an annual basis and monitors the progress of Redesignated Fluent English Proficient students for a minimum of two years. For more information on the ELL program, please download the ESUSD ELD Program Info, or contact Carie Oulashian at
Please click on the link below to access the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Learners (ELL).


Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE):

The El Segundo Unified School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes the unique value, needs, and talents of individual students. The continuum of our entire educational program, from kindergarten through 12th grade, uses the Graduate Profile as a guide and is designed to provide access to appropriate and unique learning opportunities through a variety of strategies, including differentiated instruction, project-based learning, and special programs for all learners. This philosophy not only aligns with our district goal, but also with the GATE learning philosophy and is ingrained in every single classroom within ESUSD. 


Our educational philosophy aims to:

  • Increase the application of critical & creative thinking and problem-solving abilities

  • Encourage students to become empowered learners, competent communicators, resilient individuals and global leaders 

  • Promote social-emotional well-being and on-going learning

  • Stimulate creative approaches to new and existing problems

  • Motivate students to reach their highest potential

  • Meet student needs through a variety of methods and opportunities that promote intellectual peer interaction and collaboration 

  • Address the needs of and celebrate the differences in our diverse student population

  • Allow for a personalized learning approach where students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning through a variety of means


GATE Identification and Assessment Procedure:

Due to COVID restrictions on cohort groups, gatherings, and the on-going learning models of both distance and hybrid learning, we are going to be suspending GATE assessments for the 2020-2021 school year. As our educational environment continues to evolve into the 2021-2022 school year, please stay tuned for additional information. 


Helpful Links:

California Association from the Gifted

National Association for Gifted Children

A Deeper Understanding of Giftedness (May 2018)

Spring Parent Newsletter (Spring 2020)


Resources for Parent/Teacher Support:

Khan Academy   Sample Daily Instructional Schedules and Resources (all grades; can be used at home or with Google Hangout, Zoom or Skype video) 

Emotional Support  (all grades) Resources and ideas to support with social-emotional wellbeing, including anxiety, stress, and depression 

Common Sense Media (all grades) Expert reviews, objective advice, and helpful tools for media and technology use 

Thinking Skills (Grades 3-6) Thinking skills activities including logic puzzles and math brainteasers


Any questions can be directed to our district GATE coordinator, Luke Olesiuk (