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Our Future-Focused Philosophy

Gateway School aims to develop our students into self-motivated learners with a strong sense of personal agency. Our program encourages children to challenge themselves, and to value intrinsic understanding over external rewards. 

Our Vision of Children as Learners

  • Children are highly capable
  • Academic excellence requires a growth mindset
  • Relationships play an essential role in learning
  • Character is as important as academics

Our Philosophy as Educators

  • Good instruction is based on research
  • The is no single “best” way to teach
  • Challenge and support are two sides of the same coin
  • Assessment helps inform instruction

Our Engagement with the World Outside School

  • Curriculum is a reflection of our values
  • Environmental science is key for a healthy future
  • Social justice, equality, diversity, and fairness are key components of a healthy society




To inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.

A dynamic and intellectually challenging educational experience rooted in Progressive philosophy and reflective of evolving research.

For students to discover their individual and collective potential to make positive change in the world.




Our Core Values

Integrity, responsibility,
and discipline

Metacognition and

Play, creativity,
and innovation

Curiosity, exploration,
and discovery

Critical thinking
and reasoning

Clear and effective communication

and community

Education for environmental sustainability

Courage to promote
a just society




50 Years Of Gateway

Gateway School was founded in 1970 by Hannelore Herbig whose mission was to create a safe and supportive learning environment. Over the past 50 years Gateway continues to motivate students to reach their maximum potential through small classes and dedicated teachers.

We encouraged thinking, creativity, and personal responsibility, as well as mastery of basic skills. The atmosphere of the School fostered respect for self, others and the environment.  Hannelore Herbig, founder of Gateway School