Gateway encourages all students to participate in Gateway School’s interscholastic athletics program. In grades 5-8 students have the chance to become a member of a competitive team. Historically, the majority of the student body participates on at least one competitive sports team.

Schedules for Practices and Games

Practice and game scheduling is a complicated endeavor that involves league facilities, inter-school communication, and other resource considerations. Teams meet three to four (3-4) times per week for practices and games. Practice is expected; it is a time for the team to become a cohesive unit, and this is a valuable part of the program. Practice schedules are available well in advance, so families can schedule appointments, tutoring, etc. All game schedules are posted on the main school calendar.

Season run according 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. Communication is of the utmost importance when a practice or game commitment cannot be upheld. 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.

The Athletic Director makes schedules available as soon as they are determined.

Sports League

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.

Team Structure

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.