After School Activity Time

As part of our Distance Learning program Gateway School’s After School Care staff offered an After School Activity Time to Gateway families free of charge.  Every afternoon students met virtually in peer groups for activities led by an After School Care staff member. 

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. 


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.

Before And After Care

  • 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.

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 summer we’ll be offering TWO programs for Gateway families, with a variety of fun and engaging options, including academic support and enrichment classes!

Virtual Camp: Weekday Mornings From June 22 – July 17

Join our incredible faculty — including Alli, Brandt, David, Emily, Lynn, Melanie, and Michael — for week-long 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’re offering 19 different classes so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Virtual camp will be FREE for families already enrolled in the 2020-21 school year. Yes, that’s right, it will be free! For families that aren’t yet enrolled, the flat-rate weekly price will be $50/week per child. Choose up to 3 classes a day for this low, low price!  We know that many families are trying to figure out what to do this summer and we’re excited to offer this support to our families.

Virtual Camp will run weekdays from 9:00am-12:00noon. Check out the full schedule and course descriptions here.

Ultimate Recess Camp

One week sessions:
June 22, June 29, July 6, and July 13
1:30-4:30pm. Cost is $150 per week
Exclusively for Gateway families.

Ultimate Recess Summer Camp will run outside on our nine-acre campus, with spaces for toys and games, art, active play, and hanging out. We are following the county’s newest shelter-in-place order that allows summer camps to operate with specific health guidelines.

Click here to register for camp.

Overview of our Ultimate Recess Camp Policies

  • Before entering camp each day, campers and staff will go through a health check, including taking temperatures.
  • All staff and campers over 12 years old will be required to wear face coverings.
  • All campers will be assigned a stable Cohort Group with a dedicated counselor and Homebase.
  • Each Cohort Group will have dedicated materials, equipment, and have exclusive access to its own restroom facility for the week.
  • Cohort Groups will not exceed 12 campers and will remain a minimum of 100′ apart whenever possible.

Click here for more details about Camp Gateway’s Ultimate Recess Camp Policies.