Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Our GATE Program is located at South/West Park Elementary, Monte Vista Middle School and Williams Middle School

The open window for the GATE assessment application, for school year 2020-21, has closed as of December 6, 2019.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our department @ (209) 830-3200, ext. 1053.

Julianna Stocking
Director of Continuous Improvement, State and Federal Programs 
209.830.3200 x. 1053
Fax: 209.830-3275

Soledad Rodriguez, x. 1053
GATE Clerk Typist 

GATE Information

Mission & Eligibility

Our Mission Statement
Our program will nurture each student's sense of personal worth, encourage students to develop and use their gifts and talents responsibly, and stimulate a love of learning in an atmosphere of cooperation among students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Eligibility Description
The Tracy Unified School District has developed an identification process that ensures all students (including those from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and/or disabilities) an equal opportunity to be identified and participate in the GATE program.  Students are assessed online on the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3).

GATE 2nd – 5th grade:   95%ile or above score on the NNAT3 
GATE 6th – 8th grade:    95%ile or above score on the NNAT3 
Multiple measures are considered when determining placement as a High Achiever:
GATE 2nd– 5th grade:     

  • 85%ile – 94%ile score on the NNAT3 
  • TUSD Unit Assessments
  • CAASPP/SBAC scores (4th - 5th only)
  • Parent Checklist Observed Behaviors
  • Teacher Screening and Nominating Recommendation

GATE 6th – 8th grade:     

  • 85%ile – 94%ile score on the NNAT3 
  • TUSD Unit Assessments
  • CAASPP/SBAC scores
  • Parent Checklist Observed Behaviors
  • Teacher Screening and Nominating Recommendation

FAQs and Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to have my child assessed for the GATE program what is my first step.
Attend the Parent Information Night on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Williams Middle School at 6:00 p.m.

Where can I get an application?
Download the GATE application packet on TUSD website, or obtain one from the school site. Applications for this assessment are due at the school office by December 6, 2019. Return the completed application packet to the school site and the student’s teacher will include the “Teacher Nominating and Recommendation” form.  

When are the assessments? 
Administered test for students who are currently in 1 - 7 grade will be held on January 11, 2020, at South/West Park Elementary.  Students are allowed to be assessed once a year, it is an online assessment. There is no fee for TUSD students and there is a $50.00 fee for students who reside outside of TUSD or attend a private/charter school. Information on the date, time and location of assessment will be mailed to your residence by end of December.

What is the name of the administered test?
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test – Third Edition (NNAT3) it is an online assessment.

If qualified would my child need to leave our home school?
Yes, our GATE program is a magnet program held at South/West Park Elementary School for 2 – 5 GATE.  Williams Middle School and Monte Vista Middle School also have GATE Core classes.GATE students attend at their zone middle school. Non-district GATE Students will automatically be placed at Monte Vista Middle School for grades 6 - 8.

GATE Application Packet

Please download and complete the application packet here

Application packet consist of the Application and the Parent Checklist 

Program Brochures

(Information coming soon)


September 19th        GATE 1st Parent Advisory Meeting
                                     District Office/General Conf. Room 4-5:00 pm
November 14th         Parent Information Meeting    
                                    Williams Middle School MPR & Library 6-7:00 pm
December 6th           GATE Testing Applications due        
January 11th             GATE On-line Assessment at South/West Park Elementary                                       School 1st – 7th grade 
February 14th           Letter of Intent due 
March 19th               GATE Spring Showcase District Wide
                                    South/West Park Elementary School MPR 5:30-7:00 pm
March 20th–27th     Open GATE Online Parent Survey on Survey Monkey
April 23rd                  GATE 2nd Parent Advisory Meeting
                                    District Office/Board Room 4-5:00 pm

We are excited to announce the new brand of our TUSD Gate Program: Genius Hour Passion Projects. Our GATE Program will be centered on the Genius Hour model in which Gate classes and/or students identify passion projects to develop expertise. In addition, our GATE team is collaborating on using the GATE icons for depth and complexity to increase Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship. See our District Gate Program web page for more information on TUSD GATE Program.