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

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) 225-1310.

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

Gifted and Talented Education


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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