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Gateway turns 50!

2020 marks an important milestone in Gateway’s history – 50 years of providing families with an exceptional educational experience. Gateway School is an all gender day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th. To learn more about 50 years at Gateway click here. We invite all families interested in Gateway School to visit, ask questions, and get to know our community! For more information, contact Cindy Jones at

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Monthly Spotlights

Using literature and current events to teach Social Justice issues

Rachel Sattinger, a 4th-grade teacher at Gateway School writes:

Representation matters, and so I am committed to using diverse literature in my classroom.

Alumnae Anicia Timberlake and Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn

Alumnae Anicia and Deirdre started their lifelong friendship when they met in Kindergarten 32 years ago. They are still friends today and have been a part of each other's lives over the years.

Talking Heads

As part of its 50th celebration, Gateway School hosted the virtual Talking Heads Roundtable discussion on January 14, 2021.

Teaching and Learning in the time of COVID-19

As a teacher of over forty years, I felt I had “seen it all” but the educational challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic have caught all educational constituents off guard scrambling for the best ways to move forward.

Alumna Stephanie Miller

Stephanie never dreamed she would be a teacher when she was at Gateway School because she remembers struggling in all of her subjects.

When Data Meets Candy: A Voting Story

Sixth Grade Math and Science teacher Michael Matthews has integrated an interdisciplinary study of data science with the Humanities curriculum where Middle School students have been exploring the different aspects of the election process.

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Messages from the Head

Windows and Mirrors

At Gateway, we know reading can be intrinsically fun and rewarding, an essential behavior for imagination, connection, and communication, and a path towards learning and success across all academic areas.

Brighter Days Ahead

Childhood is fleeting and precious, and the effects of this year will ripple through the decade to come in many ways. The best thing we can do is to keep the emotional and mental health of our children at the center of our collective work this year.

Essential Civic Education

We work hard to teach children about diversity and inclusivity, and we must also teach them to think through when limits of tolerance must be drawn, both societally and individually.

It Takes Courage

Among Gateway School’s nine stated core values is the courage to promote a just society.

Myth, Memory, and Meaning in a Democracy

At Gateway, we answer the call to action through our educational program.

Learn more about the Gateway Families Association

Q+A with Gateway Families Association President Lindsey Chester

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