Welcome to Gateway School

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Gateway School.  We hope you will come for a visit. We are now accepting admissions applications for the 2018-19 school year.

Our website will give you an overview of our remarkable school, but the best way to learn about our innovative and progressive approach to education is to visit our campus. We provide many opportunities to visit and experience Gateway, and we encourage families to take advantage of as many of these as desired.  The ways to visit range from monthly School Day Tours of our classrooms in action, weekend and evening visit days and open houses at which you can meet and interact with our faculty, privately scheduled tours, and attendance at our school events and celebrations that are open to the public.

You will find our dates for Admissions Tours and Events in the Upcoming Events section of this page, as well as on our whole school calendar.

Also, you may sign up to receive our monthly Admissions newsletter by emailing me at kate.hohn@gatewaysc.org.

Finding the right school for your child and your family is an exciting and challenging endeavor. I look forward to helping you with this important decision. No question is too small. Contact us anytime if you have questions about our admissions process. Come visit and discover Gateway School for yourself.  I look forward to meeting you!

Warm regards,

Kate Hohn
Director of Admissions

Application Process

1. Campus Tour
Tours are the first step in the application process at Gateway School. Tours are led by current parents or our Director of Admissions and will visit our classrooms in action, including a look into each grade. We recommend that tours be attended by adults only; prospective students will have the opportunity to visit Gateway School during the application process. Book a tour today!
2. Application for Admission
Complete the Application Packet (Kindergarten Application Packet or 1st-8th Application Packet) and Parent Questionnaire. Submit the completed packet and questionnaire with your Application Fee ($100).

Applications for 2018-19

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for classes that still have spaces. Contact our Director of Admissions, Kate Hohn for information about your child’s grade.

Applications for 2019-20

We begin accepting applications on October 1, 2018. The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

3. Teacher Recommendations

Kindergarten Applicants

  • Please give the Kindergarten Student Evaluation form in this packet to your child’s current preschool teacher.
  • Include a stamped envelope addressed to:
    Gateway School Admissions
    126 Eucalyptus Ave.
    Santa Cruz CA 95060.

    Please note that student evaluations cannot be hand delivered; they must be mailed directly to Gateway School by the teacher.

1st-8th Grade Applicants

  • We require two Teacher Recommendations. Please give one 1st – 8th Student Evaluation form to:
    1. Your child’s current teacher
    2. Another teacher or administrator who knows your child well
  • Include a stamped envelope addressed to:
    Gateway School Admissions
    126 Eucalyptus Ave.
    Santa Cruz CA 95060

    Please note that Student Evaluations cannot be hand delivered; they must be mailed directly to Gateway School by the teacher.

4. School Records
(for 1st-8th Grade Applicants only)
Sign the Records Release form and give it to your child’s current school. We require school report cards/progress reports from the past 2 years, including standardized tests if available. If application deadlines are approaching, feel free to bring us copies of your originals. Please include any other assessments your child may have had to add to your child’s application file.
5. Admissions Assessment/Shadow Visit

Kindergarten Applicants

Once you submit your application contact our Director of Admissions, Kate Hohn to schedule your child for our Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Playgroup February 9, 2019.
*Priority Consideration in Kindergarten Admissions is given to siblings. Our assessments focus on developmental signs of school readiness.

Kindergarten Summer Applicants

To schedule an individual kindergarten readiness assessment contact our Director of Admissions, Kate Hohn.

1st – 8th Grade Applicants

Once you submit your application contact our Director of Admissions, Kate Hohn to schedule your child for a Shadow Visit in their current grade level. Applicants will spend their visit in a classroom observing and participating in the classroom activities. All visitors will be assigned a “buddy” from the classroom to help them to navigate the day. Your child’s assessment will take place during their Shadow Visit.

6. Consideration and Notification
Applications will be considered when all the steps are complete and all materials have been received. Our Admissions Committee will meet to discuss your child’s application. If you have applied within our regular admissions season, an admissions letter will be mailed to you in mid-March 2019. If you have applied outside of our regular admissions season, the Director of Admissions will notify you when a decision has been made.

Tuition & Tuition Assistance

A Great Education Is Within Your Reach

Funding an independent school education is a major investment in your children’s future. Gateway’s commitment to providing Tuition Assistance is founded in our belief in building a diverse community of students and families. The program is supported by our Board of Directors and funded through grants and generous donations of our families and alumni who believe in the value of a Gateway education. The program’s goals are to provide all families the opportunity to obtain a Gateway education and to enrich our student body with qualified students from a broad range of social & economic backgrounds.

  • Families with income up to $250,000 may qualify for Tuition Assistance.
  • 20% of Gateway students currently receive Tuition Assistance
  • We use 10-15% of our annual budget in Tuition Assistance

Learning is a Treasure that will Follow its Owner Everywhere

Making Gateway Affordable

We encourage all interested families to apply for Tuition Assistance. We recognize that an independent school education is a significant financial commitment, an investment that lasts a lifetime.

There are several options for affording your tuition at Gateway School: Tuition Assistance: Requests for Tuition Assistance should be made at the time of application. Payment Plans: There are several Tuition Payment Plans to choose from. You can pay annually, semiannually or monthly.

2018-19 Tuition
Our tuition allows Gateway School to offer an in-depth program which includes our cocurricular specialist classes, competitive salaries to attract and retain our talented faculty, support ongoing program improvement, and provide accessibility and affordability for families.

Tuition 2018-2019 (2019-2020 Tuition will be updated in February 2019)
Grades K-4: $21,975.00
Grades 5-8: $23,600.00

What Tuition Covers
Tuition covers all of our in-depth program which includes our co-curricular specialist classes Makerspace, Art, Music, Spanish, PE and Life Lab.

Tuition also covers instruction, textbooks and classroom materials, student publications, Discovery Center equipment and devices, science lab and art studio supplies, standardized testing.

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee must accompany an application for admission to Gateway School.
Enrollment Deposit & Tuition Payments
A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $1,000 must be submitted with your enrollment contract and will be applied to tuition. There are several Tuition Payment Plans to choose from. You can pay annually, semi-annually or monthly.

Gateway School uses SMART TUITION, an online payment processing system to process tuition payments and streamline the management of payment plans for parents.

Tuition Assistance Process

Tuition Assistance calculations are made by an independent organization, Financial Assistance for School Tuition (FAST). All Tuition Assistance applications and family data are completely confidential. Admissions decisions are made separately from Tuition Assistance decisions.

The Tuition Assistance application for the 2019-20 school year must be completed and submitted by February 15, 2019.

Key Deadlines

February 15, 2019: Completed Tuition Assistance application due to FAST
February 24, 2019: Last day to mail copy of 2017 federal and state tax returns and forms to FAST OR
February 28, 2019: Last day to upload to the FAST website copy of 2018 federal and state tax returns and forms.

For more information about applying for Tuition Assistance see Gateway’s Tuition Assistance Packet for 2019-2020 or contact our Director of Admissions, Kate Hohn at 423-0341 ext 302 or kate.hohn@gatewaysc.org.

Contact Admissions

We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about Gateway School. Please fill out the form below to request the information you need. We encourage you to learn more by visiting our school.

Kate Hohn
Director of Admissions
831.423.0341 ext. 302





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