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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE | 2120 E. Naco Vista (Cavett Elementary), Tucson, AZ 85713 | (520) 225-3605 |

GATE Make-up test - May 22, 2021

The GATE department is having a third Make-up test opportunity on May 22, 2021, for students who missed testing at their sites, new students, and students interested in enrolling in one of the TUSD schools.   The test is to determine student eligibility to receive gifted services in the TUSD GATE program for the 2021-2022 school year. Please email Gate Testing  for more information.   

Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year

K-5 GATE Summer Enrichment Program

In this FREE summer program GATE students will explore hands-on and minds-on lessons that integrate intellectual challenge along with critical and creative thinking.
June 2-30; Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.; Lineweaver Elementary

Spots will be filled in order of registration on a first-come-first-serve basis.

GATE Re-Entry Plan for 2020-2021

Please see the GATE Re-Entry Plan (in PDF) for information about GATE services during the 2020-2021 school year. More information about school operating plans during 2020-2021 is available at NextSteps2020/Guidelines.

Los exámenes para Pre Kínder de GATE

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. We are continuing working on the GATE Programs for 2020-2021 school year. 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

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.

Our GATE Schools, Programs, and Services

Printable Description of Schools, Programs, and Services (in PDF)

GATE Video

Tell us how we're doing!

  • We'd love to hear your feedback about Tucson Unified's Gifted and Talented Education Program! Please share your comments through the form below, or call us at (520) 225-1305.

We are committed to integration, diversity, and racial equity.

Gifted and Talented Education


Eligibility and Placement for Gifted Services

After CDC and TUSD guidelines allow students to return to their schools, the GATE department will be testing TUSD students K through 6th grade, to determine student eligibility to receive gifted services in the TUSD GATE program for school year 2021-22. 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 if you are considering participating at one of our programs.

For more information, see Testing for GATE Services.

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