To inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.
Gateway Turns 50!
2021 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. We are a community dedicated to nurturing academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, high character and personal compassion, and individual agency and engagement.
Celebrating Our Alumni
As part of Gateway School’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, we are sharing the stories of alumni who are living Gateway’s Core Values every day in their professional and personal lives.
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.
Stephanie never dreamed she would be a teacher when she was at Gateway School because she remembers struggling in all of her subjects.
Doug Leonard returned to Gateway to perform for current students
Hannah Sullivan is a sociolinguist providing meaningful solutions to global communication gaps...
Former Gateway student, Gus Samios, living his lifelong dream of becoming an aerospace engineer...
April 21, 1970 Hannelore Herbig, a Kindergarten teacher from Germany announces the opening of the Aptos Kindergarten for Creative Education. It was renamed Gateway School in 1972.
Hannelore attended Gateway's 20th anniversary celebration in 1991. She was happy to see that Gateway was still a "...happy learning environment for children where they could be creative."
Head of School Peter Lewis signs the lease to the Eucalyptus campus with Father Larry Toschi of the Oblates of St. Joseph. All students moved to the new campus in 1991.
Gateway's first logo was designed by former Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews. Her child was in the first Kindergarten class.
As part of its 50th celebration, Gateway School hosted the virtual Talking Heads Roundtable discussion on January 14, 2021.