Lasting learning requires an active process
We know that young children develop life-long attitudes about learning based on their earliest experiences in school; that’s why our elementary grades are filled with exploration and discovery, with experiences designed to nurture every child’s innate curiosity and wonder. From their first day on campus, Gateway students begin learning how to reason, to research, to solve problems and to communicate their ideas effectively. Our students love being active agents in their education; there’s no joy for them in being passive recipients waiting for knowledge to be passed along!
Gateway’s academic program transforms students into scholars
Our elementary program is a study in balance: support and challenge, autonomy and collaboration, knowledge acquisition and skill development, academic mastery and critical thinking. Sometimes our teachers use inquiry-driven methods to help students generate and research questions that will guide their learning, and at others they make sure students are getting the necessary practice to master concepts. Students frequently participate in hands-on, project-based learning that facilitates in-depth understanding. No matter the teaching strategies they use, our faculty focus on helping students develop key behaviors of scholarship:
- listen carefully and to speak articulately
- read and to think with a critical mind
- write fluently and creatively
- understand and express quantitative ideas clearly and accurately
- make and defend a logical argument
- present their work publicly with skill and confidence
Our choices reflects the best research we can find
Our faculty takes time to understand the individual and developmental learning needs of our students, because every child has a unique neurological profile. They guide each student at the appropriate level of challenge, because when the work is to easy or too hard, children lose interest. They develop unique, heart-centered relationships with each child, because safety and connection are critical for academic success. They stay current on the research in neuroscience and child development, because the science in those fields continues to change and improve our understanding of how to create optimal learning environments. They make time for play and creativity, because those are essential elements of living a healthy life. And they integrate topics of social justice and environmental conservation into the curriculum, because we know that these children will grow up to change the world for the better.
Melding innovation and experience in the classroom
Read more about how our program uses interdisciplinary learning below.
Read more about each of the core academic curriculum areas below.