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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 a co-ed 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

Explore our Innovative Program

Life Lab
Whole Child
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Educational Philosophy
Emotional Intelligence

Monthly Spotlights

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.

Welcome On Campus!

In the last few weeks, we've welcomed Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade on campus. Fourth and Fifth Grades are next!

Explore Life Lab

Life Lab Science Teacher Melody is showing Kindergartners the butterflies in the garden during a lesson. Come explore the garden.

Ultimate Recess Summer Camp 2020

Scenes from Ultimate Recess Summer Camp 2020.

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Messages from the Head

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

What’s In A Word?

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year -- a year that promises to be unlike any other that we have ever experienced.

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Upcoming Admissions Events

  • Gateway School Day Tour
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
  • Gateway School Day Tours
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • Kindergarten Assessments
    Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Kindergarten Assessments
    Saturday, March 6, 2021 9:00 am-4:00 pm