Nominations for GATE

GATE NominationsThe Carson City School District is accepting nominations for inclusion in the Gifted and Academically Talented Education (GATE) program for the 2021-2022 school year.

While teachers and other school personnel are responsible for nominating students in grades 2-8, parents can also request to have their child nominated for the GATE program. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher to initiate the GATE nomination process. The screening includes: teacher observations, academic achievement data and a cognitive assessment.

The district’s GATE program begins in third grade. The district provides GATE Cluster programs in grades 3-5 at all elementary schools and a cluster program in grades 6-8 at Carson and Eagle Valley Middle Schools. All GATE students are taught by teachers with the GATE endorsement on their licenses, which includes 12 graduate credits in specialized instruction for GATE students.

“There are nearly 876 GATE students in Carson City this year (2020-2021 school year) ranging from grades 3-12,” said Joanna Kaiser, GATE implementation specialist for the Carson City School District. “And they are very representative of our district’s student population.”

If you would like to have your child considered for the GATE program in Carson City, please contact your child’s teacher and ask him or her to nominate your child. Parents will also need to complete and sign a Parent Authorization for Eligibility Testing form that the child’s teacher will provide.

GATE Nomination Process Timeline:
  • Week of January 3, 2022: Parent letters out to all 2nd to 8th grade families in Parent Square.
  • Week of January 3, 2022: Teachers and parents nominate students by completing a nomination packet.
  • February 1st: All nomination packets are due to the coordinators.
  • March 1st-18th: CogAT testing at all elementary and middle schools.
  • April: GATE teachers and coordinators score nomination packets.
  • April 25th: Schools and parents notified regarding who qualified/did not quality for GATE.
Once the nomination process has been completed in April 2022, parents will receive written notification of their child’s eligibility in GATE for the 2022-2023 school year by the end of April. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Joanna Kaiser, GATE implementation specialist, 775-283-1591 or