Our physical education program promotes habits that lead to a healthy adulthood, not to mention the development of social skills and even improved learning in the classroom. In the middle school physical education curriculum, emphasis is placed on improving students’ overall fitness, enjoyment of physical activity and the acquisition of basic sport skills. Students are asked to give their personal best, be inclusive and play with integrity. At Gateway, effort and attitude are paramount!
Gateway students participate in regular P.E. classes taught by our physical education specialist, which feature cooperative games, as well as individual and team sports such as archery, badminton, basketball, field hockey, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, pickleball, soccer, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. Students also work to improve their core strength, lower and upper body strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, agility, balance and coordination. From acting with integrity to embracing mistakes, social and emotional learning is woven throughout the program.
We offer a variety of interscholastic sports for students in grades 5-8, and compete against other teams from public, independent, and Catholic schools throughout Santa Cruz County. We are proud that our teams contain a range of student athletes. They are fun places for serious athletes who want to compete, and for students who have never played on a team before. The top three emphases of our athletics programs are teamwork, skill-building, and having fun!
Schedules for Practices and Games
Teams meet three to four times per week for practices and games. Practice is expected; it is a time for the team to become a cohesive unit, and is a valuable part of the program. All game schedules are posted on the main school calendar.
Seasons run according to the academic calendar.
Flag-Football (Q1: Sept/Oct)
Cross-Country (Q1: Sept/Oct)
Girls Basketball (Q1: Sept/Oct)
Boys Basketball (Q2: Nov/Dec/Jan)
Girls Volleyball (Q3: Feb/Mar)
Boys Volleyball (Q4: Apr/May/June)
It is the responsibility of all players and parents to ensure that there is a full commitment to the team during the entire season. As representatives of the school, student-athletes also must meet academic and behavior expectations to participate.
Basketball and Volleyball: The Circle Church Gym (111 Errett Cir, Santa Cruz, CA 95060)
Flag-Football: DeLaveaga Park (850 Branciforte Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065)
Cross Country: Practices held during elective period, with most happening on West Cliff Drive.
Practice times and game schedules are dependent on availability of the facilities, but typically practices are held after-school Mondays and Wednesdays, with games falling on various days of the week.
Gateway participates in 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.
Basketball, Volleyball, and Coed Flag-Football typically have two teams depending on sign-ups; those teams are delineated by grade (5/6 and 7/8). The coaching staff does retain the option to place players in the best position to grow, improve, and play as much as possible. Coed Cross Country is available to 6th-8th graders and participates as a single team.
Gateway strives to accommodate all interested students, and there are never cuts.
Coaches and Parent Volunteers
We pursue qualified coaches for each sport and encourage parents to volunteer as head and assistant coaches. We also greatly appreciate our parents that assist with transportation, team gatherings, and occasionally taking stats/running scoreboard.