We are a community of love and intention

The people that choose to be at Gateway — whether families bringing their children, or adults working as teachers and staff — share a common set of values and beliefs about what’s important in life, and how we want to raise and educate children. Individuals are encouraged to speak up, and we work to ensure that the voices of all populations are respected. We are bound together by a strong charter of social and emotional obligations; learn more about our Mission, Vision and Values.

School Traditions

We are rich with traditions and celebrations

From our monthly all-school assemblies to our annual all-school celebrations, Gateway families regularly have the opportunity to join with students, faculty and staff in celebrating and connecting.

First Friday

These monthly assemblies are held in front of the Peace Trees on the blacktop. Our entire community is invited to attend, and celebrate student learning and our strong values and culture.


The first week in November, our entire community lovingly builds an ofrenda to memorialize loved ones who have passed away.

Grandfriends Day

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break, Grandparents and other “grand-friends” are invited to spend time in the classrooms. Classroom teachers and specialists design an activity for the students to share with their loved ones.

Ocean Day

The Thursday before Spring Break is a celebration of our school-wide science curriculum’s focus on the oceans.

One World One Earth Day

The second Friday in April, we celebrate the ties that bind our diverse community together, with ingredients for the One World Salad produced by the school’s Life Lab.

Spring Art Tour

Every Spring we hold our Annual Spring Art Tour. Tour our school adorned from floor-toceiling in student artwork. Enjoy refreshments, a short video and interactive art displays.

Spring Concert

In music each year, students explore the process of music-making and the collaborative nature of the discipline. To share the results of this process, we will hold a spring concert. Throughout the year students will be preparing for the concert that will be held at the Rio Theatre in May.

Step Up and Graduation

Each eighth grade student delivers a speech to the audience, a rite of passage that highlights the graduates’ individual self-expression, confidence and knowledge of their own learning profiles..

Parent Education Events

Parenting is often a joyous voyage of discovery in which unfathomable rewards are revealed as our children blossom with new levels of knowledge, skills, and character. One of the way Gateway School partners with parents is through our Parent Education program.

Watch Parent Education Events

Cyber Education and Digital Citizenship with Lori Getz
Positive Social Development with Sheri Glucoft-Wong, LCSW

Gateway Families Association (GFA)

All Gateway parents and guardians belong to the Gateway Families Association (GFA), which builds community through school-wide events and serves as a means of communication for families with the administration and the Board of Trustees. The GFA is run by an planning committee, and holds monthly meetings open to all families. You can reach the GFA planning committee at GFA@gatewaysc.org.

Gateway parents are involved, active and inspired. From fundraising to field trips, the parent community makes a vital contribution to the life of the school. Volunteer opportunities range from working in the classroom and driving on field trips, to being a room parent or assisting with special event planning such as Grandfriends Day, Bike to School Day and Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Parents also choose to get involved by serving as Parent Ambassadors for tours and open houses, helping with our Auction Committee, and serving on the Board of Trustees and/or its various committees.