Gifted and Talented Education

GATE Self-Contained
Gifted Instruction in Grades 6-8

Alice Vail is a dynamic, diverse and rigorous middle school with a strong fine arts program. Students at the school achieve excellence in academics, arts and athletics. Educating the whole child is a priority at Alice Vail. Free transportation may be provided to students living beyond the district established walking distance.


Students in GATE classes develop:

independence, self-direction, and skills in group processes


Critical and higher level thinking skills


Risk-taking, curiosity, imagination, and enjoyment of complex challenges


An appreciation of human differences



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.


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.


For more information:
(520) 225-1310