Before And After Care

Gateway School’s Before and After Care program is currently on hold due to Santa Cruz County’s Shelter in Place order.  

  • Before School Care begins at 7:30am and is included in tuition. 
  • After School Care runs from 2:30pm–5:30pm. 
    • At 3:00pm, After School Care gathers at the picnic tables for role call and a healthy snack. 
    • At 3:30pm students are provided the options of an organized field activity outside as well as an indoor craft or project! 
    • Free play is always a given and homework help is offered whenever possible.
    • Staff provide students with another light snack at 5:00pm and After School Care ends promptly at 5:30pm.

In Before and After Care we provide enrichment through crafts, projects, specialty classes through our After School Enrichment Program that allows students to explore new subjects, oversee fun and engaging physical fitness activities through games and athletics, and we offer help with homework when necessary. We maintain a staff-to-student ratio that allows our staff to work with the students to promote socio-emotional growth, and actively facilitate conflict resolution. Our enthusiastic staff engages children to get them excited about being a part of the larger Gateway community; in our After School Care program students form lasting friendships and relax in a warm and family-like environment.

After School Enrichment Program

Gateway School’s After School Enrichment program is currently on hold due to Santa Cruz County’s Shelter in Place order. 

Gateway School’s After School Enrichment Program includes a variety of specialty classes that can complement After School Care (ASC) or be taken individually. The cost of each class includes child care coverage from the student’s dismissal time until the end of their class. Students remaining on campus after their class ends will be checked into ASC until a parent/guardian arrives for pick up. 


Gateway School’s Middle School Athletics program is currently on hold due to Santa Cruz County’s Shelter in Place order. 

The Middle School Athletics program is offered to students in 5th through 8th grades. In the past years, Gateway has offered co-ed teams in Flag Football and Cross Country, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball, and Girls Volleyball and Boys Volleyball. Teams meet three or four times after school each week for practice and games. More information can be found at the Middle School Athletics page.

Gateway is a member of the Santa Cruz County Private Schools Association (SCCPSA). The league consists of fourteen private schools stretching from Santa Cruz to Watsonville. Games are played both at home and away.

Summer at Camp Gateway

Our traditional Camp Gateway has been postponed until summer 2021 due to the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency’s shelter in place order. We look forward to serving the larger summer camp community in 2021. Until then, Camp Gateway wishes everyone a healthy and safe summer!

This past summer we offered TWO programs for Gateway families, with a variety of fun and engaging options, including academic support and enrichment classes!

Virtual Camp: Weekday Mornings

Our incredible faculty — including Alli, Brandt, David, Emily, Lynn, Melanie, and Michael — taught programs ranging from Silly Song Sing-Alongs (Grades 1/2) to Comics, Cartoons, and Characters (Grades 3/4) to New Wave Board Games (Grades 5/6) to Improv 101 (Grades 7/8). We offered 19 different classes so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Virtual Camp was offered at no charge for families already enrolled in the 2020-21 school year.

Check out the full schedule and course descriptions here.

Ultimate Recess Camp

Ultimate Recess Summer Camp was available to families enrolled at Gateway and was held outside on our nine-acre campus, with spaces for toys and games, art, active play, and hanging out in one-week sessions and followed the county’s newest shelter-in-place order that allows summer camps to operate with specific health guidelines.