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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE Testing and Placement 2120 E. Naco Vista, Tucson, AZ 85713 520-225-1310 Email Testing
GATE Program Office 3233 South Pinal Vista, Tucson, AZ 85713 520-225-3605 Email Program Office

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

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  • 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: 520-225-3605


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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