GATE - Gifted and Talented Education
Turlock Unified School District offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program for students who qualify based on the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test – Second Edition (NNAT2) assessment. The NNAT2 measures reasoning and problem solving ability using shapes and designs without reliance on language.
Annually in the fall, all third graders are assessed to determine GATE qualification. If qualified, students are offered enrollment in self-contained classes at Cunningham Elementary School and Julien Elementary School where GATE instruction is taught throughout the school day by GATE certified teachers in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.
Turlock’s GATE classes are dedicated to ensuring all students reach their full potential and highest achievements.
Our GATE program provides the following:
- Depth and Complexity of Knowledge
- Academic rigor and support to enable gifted students to succeed with increasing levels of challenge
- Intensively trained teachers
- Peer groups with similar abilities and interests
For more information about the GATE Program at Cunningham Elementary or Julien Elementary School please go to the school website or call the telephone numbers listed.
Office of Assessment & Accountability at 667-0898
Cunningham School at 667-0794 -
Julien School at 667-0891 -
GATE Facebook page -
Walnut Education Center Magnet School
The Walnut Elementary Education Center
The Walnut Elementary Education Center has a specialized program in the Turlock Unified School District Renaissance and Discovery Magnet program to provide students with unique educational experiences. The Renaissance Visual and Performing Arts Magnet uses the visual and performing arts to enrich curriculum, while the Discovery Math Science Manget program expand instruction through the lens of Math and Science. Students are selected to attend through a lottery system.
For more information on the programs offered the Walnut Elementary Education Center, please visit their website -