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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE | Frances Banales, Senior Coordinator | 2120 E. Naco Vista (Cavett Elementary), Tucson, AZ 85713 | (520) 225-1310 | Email Us

Testing (Screening and Evaluation) Information

Tucson Unified administers the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Raven Progressive Matrices to determine GATE service eligibility. Tests are administered at all district elementary and middle schools with two additional Saturday make-up tests at a central location.

In August, invitations to test are mailed to all Tucson Unified families with kindergarten through sixth grade students. Permission to test forms are available on this webpage and at all district elementary and middle school sites.

In the fall of each school year, the GATE department tests first through sixth grade students attending Tucson Unified schools or living within the district boundaries. Kindergarten students are tested after winter break. These tests establish eligibility for Gifted and Talented Education services for the coming school year.

Testing windows will be posted on this website in early August, and specific dates of testing at each location will be posted in mid-September on this webpage and all school sites.

Pre GATE Kindergarten

  • Pre GATE Kindergarten self-contained services
    Students attend full time, five days a week, at a school that accommodates the feeder pattern of the home school. Pre GATE Kindergarten self-contained programs are located at Roberts/Naylor K-8 and Wheeler Elementary School. The Dual-Language self-contained program is located at Hollinger K-8 School.

    GATE TESTING AND PLACEMENT: Testing is offered in the language that best meets the student’s needs, and students are placed in the appropriate GATE program (self-contained or pull-out) based on test results.  As a parent/legal guardian of student enrolling in kindergarten at a TUSD school or currently enrolled in kindergarten may request that your child be tested and considered for Pre GATE Kindergarten services by signing and returning this form to the GATE office. The permission form must be received in order to have your student scheduled for testing for potential Pre GATE services. 

    Pre GATE Kindergarten Flier (in PDF) English | Spanish

    Pre GATE Kindergarten Permission to Test Form English & Spanish (in PDF)

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