Service Learning

Children learn about being respectful and responsible members of their community through the guidance of teachers and the modeling of others around them within a school community. The parents’ and older students’ involvement in the life of the school and the community at large is a powerful example. At Gateway we are proud of our long tradition of serving our community.

Our goal is for students to discover their individual and collective potential to make positive change in the world. Through selfless acts of charity, service, and philanthropy, Gateway School’s faculty, staff, and students have made an impact on the Santa Cruz community.

Gateway students learn the importance of giving back to their community. Community service is not only a part of the curriculum in each classroom, but is part of the culture that students learn. By the time Gateway students graduate, they have learned how to “give back” to the community in their own individual way by providing off-campus community service to an organization of their choice.

K-5 Field Trips and Overnights

Gateway’s academic programs are rich, engaging and interactive. Outdoor explorations and class field trips add hands-on experience to all areas of the curriculum and provide real world context for students. A trip to the San Lorenzo River, monthly visits to Its Beach, hiking at Point Lobos, apple-picking on Swanton Road, careful mapping of downtown buildings, and explorations of Elkhorn Slough inspire independence and appreciation for our culture and history. 4th graders take their first overnight field trip to Coloma, in the Gold Country, to learn about California history by living the life of a gold miner. 5th graders visit the Marin Headlands camp on a multi-day overnight trip to experience the natural history of California through field activities ranging from identifying plants with a naturalist to spotting nocturnal animals on a night hike.