2120 E. Naco Vista(at Cavett Elementary)
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 225-1310 | fax: (520) 225-1307

Gifted and Talented Education

GATE Parent Nights

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., May 17
Where: Cavett Elementary, 2120 E Naco Vista - Room 107
RSVP: 225-1310 or email by Monday, May 15
Printable Flier (English and Spanish) | En Español (in PDF)

Come learn about Tucson Unified's Gifted and Talented Education program! Please join us and learn about current GATE Programs. Become a member of our Tucson Unified GATE community.

GATE Make Up Testing

Students pre-kinder through 6th grade living in the Tucson Unified School District boundary and who have not tested during the 2016-17 school year may participate in the GATE eligibility make-up test. 

Make-up Test:
June 9 at 8:00 a.m.
Cavett Elementary (2120 E Naco Vista)
Printable Flier (in PDF)
Please RSVP by calling the GATE office at (520) 225-1310 no later than June 7.

Review of Gifted and Talented Education Scope and Sequence

Tucson Unified is in the process of revising the scope and sequence for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) as per the Title I (Federal Funds) Cycle 5 Compliance Monitoring Requirement. We invite you to review the proposed revision. More information >>

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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) 225-1310.

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About GATE

TUSD recognizes 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.

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

Our Schools and Programs

Self-Contained Schools

Self-Contained Services - Students attend full time, five days per week at a school that accommodates the feeder pattern based on the neighborhood school.

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Our Self-Contained Schools

  • Kellond Elementary
  • Lineweaver Elementary
  • Wheeler Elementary
  • White Elementary
  • Roberts-Naylor K-8
  • Doolen Middle School
  • Pistor Middle School
  • Vail Middle School

Dual Language Self-Contained School

Dual Language Self-Contained - Students attend full time, five days per week and instruction is provided in both English and Spanish. District-wide access.
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Our Dual Language Self-Contained Schools

  • Hollinger K-8 - Grades 1-5
  • Pistor Middle School - Grades 6-8
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Cluster Elementary Schools

GATE Cluster Services - Gifted endorsed teachers in grade levels 1st -5th. Identified GATE students are "clustered" in this classroom with both non-GATE identified and GATE identified students.

Our Cluster Elementary Schools

  • Dunham Elementary
  • Fruchthendler Elementary
  • Robins K-8

Tully Elementary Gifted and Talented Program

Gifted & Talented Magnet Program - Open access -wide gifted magnet program at Tully Elementary School. All teachers are gifted endorsed. Students receive gifted instruction in all classrooms.

Pull-Out Grades 1-5 (part-time)

GATE Pull-Out Services are offered in all elementary s district-wide. GATE itinerant teachers are assigned to each elementary .  Pull-out Itinerant GATE services are approximately 90 minutes per week and provides enriched instruction in small-group settings.

Resource Middle and High School Services

Resource Middle , Grades 6-8
GATE Resource services are available in all middle s (Exception – Safford K-8 which offers the IB program). GATE instruction is provided in core enrichment or content area classes. The service model may vary depending on model.

Resource High , Grades 9-10
GATE Resource classes are open access and offered in core content areas. GATE classes are offered at most TUSD High Schools.

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