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Apply to GATE Magnet School

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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.

For the 2021-2022 school year, out-of-district students can apply for enrollment between February 1 and March 2, 2021.

To enroll your student(s) click here.

To preview an overview of the information presented during the Schools of Choice Information Sessions click here.

How to Apply

  • Out of District Residents

    Important School of Choice Dates:

    • January 26th @ 6:30: School of Choice Virtual Information Night
    • January 28th @ 6:30: School of Choice Virtual Information Night
    • February 1st - March 2nd: School of Choice Application Window: All forms will be posted during this window at avondaleschools.org 
    • March 8th - 19th : CogAT assessment online - to be scheduled
    • March 26th: Parent Notification of Decision
    • April 9th: Letter of Intent OR Appeals DUE to Avondale
    • April 16th : Parent notification of decision for internal appeals
      • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

    Non-District (School of Choice) Student Application Requirements:

    • Complete the GATE application during the application window in February 2021.
    • Sign up for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during application.
    • Submit 2019-2020 report card during application.
      • Optional: 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.

    NOTE: All students must complete an application online. Eligibility is determined following a rubric of the above information.

  • District Residents

    Important School of Choice Dates: 

    • November 16, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM: DISTRICT RESIDENT Virtual Information Night
    • November 19, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM: DISTRICT RESIDENT Virtual Information Night
    • November 23-December 4, 2020: DISTRICT RESIDENT Application Window
    • December 7-10, 2020: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - To be scheduled
    • December 17-18, 2020: Internal Parent Notification
    • January 8, 2021: Letter of Intent OR Appeals DUE to Avondale
    • January 15, 2021: Parent notification of decision for internal appeals

    District Resident Student Application Requirements:

    • Complete the GATE application during the application window of November 23-December 4, 2020. The application will be posted at avondaleschools.org/gate-magnet-school on November 23, 2020
    • Sign up for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during application.
    • Submit 2019-2020 report card during application.
      • Optional: 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.

    NOTE: All students must complete an application online. Eligibility is determined following a rubric of the above information.

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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.