Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE | 2120 E. Naco Vista (Cavett Elementary), Tucson, AZ 85713 | (520) 225-1305 |
Louise Till, Senior Coordinator | Alzira Duncan, Coordinator | Melanie Chacon, Administrative Assistant

Important Notice during School Closures

Notice to Families - Pre GATE Kindergarten Screening

Dear Families,

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, spring Pre GATE Kindergarten screening has been suspended for the remainder of the school year. If schools reopen this summer, we will resume scheduling screening at this time. If we are unable to do so, Pre GATE kindergarten screening will take place the first two or three days of school and students will be moved into the Pre GATE Kindergarten classroom by the second week of school.

Thank you for your understanding. Please reach out to with any questions you have about our Pre GATE Kindergarten program.

Thank you,

GATE Department

Notice to Families - GATE Placements

Dear GATE Families: Due to school closures because of COVID-19 safety precautions, the GATE department is currently working remotely. Placement statements will be emailed to parents as we get new tests results back from the Make-up test and Pre GATE Kinder assessments. We are continuing working on the GATE Programs for 2020-2021 school year. Please direct any questions to our email and GATE staff will follow up with you. Please do not leave any phone messages at this time for any of our GATE staff or teachers. We will continue to provide information and support to our families while our staff is working remotely. We hope you and your family remain safe and healthy during this time. Please browse our Facebook at and our blog at

You can find the latest coronavirus updates from the district at

About GATE

At Tucson Unified, we recognize that gifted students have special educational needs that should be met within the context of educating the whole child through a variety of services and options. The role of the Gifted Education program is to:

  • Identify the particular abilities and needs of these students.
  • Challenge students functioning at the highest level of ability.
  • Encourage underachieving students who are capable of the highest performance.
  • Promote higher level creative and productive thinking skills throughout the district.
  • Promote creative or productive achievement.

The District is committed to providing all students enrolled at the District with equal access to the District’s Gifted and Talented Education program.

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Eligibility and Placement for Gifted Services

Tucson Unified will be testing TUSD students K through 6th grade during the months of September and December 2019 to determine student eligibility to receive gifted services in the TUSD GATE program for school year 2020-21. TUSD has many opportunities for students to participate in District gifted programs through open access and qualified gifted assessments. Space may be limited at some of our program sites so please notify the GATE office immediately if you are considering participating at one of our programs.

For more information, see Testing for GATE Services.

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