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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. Students and alumni proudly embody the school’s values and inspire future generations as Gateway embarks on its next 50 years. Gateway School is a co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th. We are a community dedicated to nurturing academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, high character and personal compassion, and individual agency and engagement. 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

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.

Growing for Good

The Growing for Good program was developed to help students understand access to food and what and how the supply chain works.

California Invention Convention Winners!

Three Gateway School inventions and their inventors were among those selected to virtually attend the 2020 National Invention Convention.

Observe. Engage. Persist. Express.

It's been busy in the art studio! See the latest and greatest creations in Kindergarten through 5th grade!

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Messages from the Head

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.

Black Lives Matter

How will we teach children to have the courage to promote a just society?

Grappling with Distance Learning

What's the full value of distance learning? (Hint: it's in the blog title)

Bringing Our Best Selves to the Moment

Need help? I've collected several articles, videos, and podcasts that offer strategies for dealing with today's challenging circumstances.

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Upcoming Admissions Events

  • School Day Tours by appointment
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • School Day Tours by appointment
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • School Day Tour by Appointment
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • School Day Tours by Appointment
    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:30 am-3:00 pm