The Annual Fund

Like all independent schools, we structure our tuition so that is affordable to the widest possible range of families. Annual Fund gifts bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of providing each student the extraordinary opportunities of a Gateway education. Each academic year, the school relies on gifts to the Annual Fund to provide special resources for students and faculty that distinguish our school. These gifts allow us to invest in our rich academic and co-curricular programs that enrich each child’s educational experience at Gateway.

Gifts to the Annual Fund are a direct investment in the education of every Gateway student. Because dollars from Annual Giving are unrestricted and immediately available, your generosity can be put to good use right now, addressing real needs and having real impact. Every gift, no matter the size, is significant. For more information about the Annual Fund, see our Annual Fund FAQ’s page. 

Life Lab Fund

Join us as we grow our new Life Lab Garden on the Natural Bridges Campus.

Why a new Life Lab Garden?

Gateway School has recently finalized an exciting opportunity to move our school to a new campus at the former Natural Bridges Elementary School on Swift Street in Santa Cruz. This ambitious endeavor brings with it the need for targeted capital improvements, and specifically in this case, the design and construction of a new Life Lab Garden and outdoor science classroom.

Our award-winning ¼ acre Life Lab garden and outdoor science classroom has been one of Gateway’s flagship programs since moving to its current campus on Eucalyptus Avenue 30 years ago. Now that we are moving to a new campus, we look forward to the opportunity to create a beautiful new outdoor science classroom and Life Lab Garden for our students.

Life Lab Fund for the Natural Bridges Campus

We hope you will join us in making a pledge to help us grow our new Life Lab Garden on the Natural Bridges Campus and help ensure that the future generations of children and families who are part of our treasured Gateway community will get to learn from and enjoy the bounty of our garden!

Join the Legacy Garden for our New Life Lab:

Westcliff Circle ($10,000+) #*
Monarch Circle ($5,000+) #*
Hummingbird Circle ($2,500+) *
Marigold Circle ($1,000+) *
Lavender Circle ($500+) *
Eucalyptus Circle ($250+)
Poppy Circle ($1-$249)

# We are planting trees in the new garden. Gifts of $5,000+ will include a naming plaque on one of the garden trees.

* Gifts of $500+ will include an opportunity to paint a garden themed tile at Petroglyph, which we will be used to create a “Legacy Garden” art installation in the new Life Lab. 

All Legacy Garden donors will be listed on a donor recognition plaque at our new Life Lab Garden at the Gateway School Natural Bridges Campus.


Annual Fund Giving Levels

All donors who give $2,500 or above through Annual Giving are considered leaders within Gateway School’s philanthropic culture, and are invited to a Donor Appreciation Party in the spring and the Leadership Reception in the fall.

Founders – $10,000 and above
Guardians – $5,000 – $9,999
Patrons – $2,500 – $4,999
Benefactors – $1,000 – $2,499
Friends – $500 – $999
Sponsors – $250 – $499
Contributors – up to $249