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Applying to GATE Magnet School

The Avondale GATE Magnet School is open to students in grades 2-8. The program accepts students who reside in the district and also "out-of-district" students who enroll through our Schools of Choice program.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023-2024 school year. Please come back to this website in the fall to view application dates for the 2024-2025 school year.

How to Apply

Important Application Dates -
GATE Magnet School 2024-2025 School Year

  • School of Choice AND Resident Application Window: February 1 - March 1, 2024
  • Parent/Guardian Notification: March 22, 2024
  • Letter of Intent Due: April 5, 2024
  • Kick Off the New School Year Event (TBA)
  • First Day of School (TBA)

Student Application Requirements:

  • Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023-24 school year.
    The usual application process will proceed as detailed below:
  • BOTH Avondale in-district residents and School of Choice families will apply during this window and on the same application. 
  • Within the application, parents will: Give basic contact information, upload this year's first semester report card, sign up for the entrance assessments:  NWEA MAP reading and math assessments, and have the opportunity to provide any additional details or documents about their child. Parents may submit their student’s official IQ results (completed less than 18 months from application date for children 7+ years) or any other applicable documentation.
    Round 1: After the initial testing and gathering of portfolio information, students are eligible to move forward with enrollment if they achieve 90th percentile or higher in both NWEA reading and math assessments and/or they meet other requirements within the rubric.
    Round 2: Students will be eligible to take the CoGat Screener assessment. Once the data is collected, a final decision regarding acceptance will be made by the team.  There will not be any appeals.
  • Students will come in person to complete the entrance assessments.
  • If your child has a Fall or Winter 2022/2023 NWEA MAP assessment you can provide in lieu of taking it again, you may provide that.
  • If your child is an Avondale district resident, you do NOT need to provide the NWEA MAP results, we already have access to it.
  • All students must complete an application online. Eligibility is determined following a rubric of the above information and is based on multiple points of data.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be “gifted”?

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) defines gifted individuals as “those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains.”

What is “school of choice”?

Students who do not reside within the Avondale School District boundaries and do not currently attend an Avondale school are considered “school of choice”.

What is “district resident”?

Students who reside within the Avondale School District boundaries are considered “district residents”. This distinction also applies to students who are already attend an Avondale school through School of Choice.

Do you accept GATE applications mid-year?

Unfortunately, no. The only exception would be if a student moves within the Avondale School District boundaries mid-year.

Where and when can I apply?

All applications for the GATE Magnet School are completed online and must be completed during the specific application window announced each year. Please refer to the “How to Apply” section above to view the current application windows for District Resident and School of Choice students.