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Gateway students have a confidence that carries through their life. High school teachers say they are confident, are not intimidated by new challenges, and take charge of their learning. These are special characteristics that are cultivated at Gateway.
- Fane O, Parent of 3 alumni

 

Our Middle School is a close-knit community designed to support and challenge students. Small classes, seminar-style discussions, and a robust advisory program build confidence, resilience, and integrity. Students build broad and integrated skills through interdisciplinary projects and electives.


Academic Curriculum

We meet students exactly where they are developmentally. The Middle School curriculum is matched to their knowledge, skills, and capacity for abstract thinking. Our graduates attend regional private and public high schools and are known for being confident, self-directed, engaged, and excited students.

Gateway has provided our daughters with a wonderful learning environment. It is with pleasure that I watch our ninth grader navigate high school. I know that she is well-prepared, not just academically but she is also confident, socially aware, unintimidated and knows herself as a learner.
Cory R, Parent 


Our students build confidence and gain skills of communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration that prepare them for life in the modern world.

Meeting students where they are developmentally.

Smaller class sizes give teachers the flexibility to provide support and additional instruction or challenges as needed and encourage students to express themselves and find their unique voice.
 

Learning confidence.

Gateway’s Life Skills curriculum and class discussions cover topics that are crucial for coping with adolescence.

Middle Schoolers discover their learning style.

Students develop key independent learning skills: time management, study skills, taking responsibility for their work, and managing large projects that span multiple academic disciplines.

Our teachers love their jobs!

Faculty are passionate about their subjects and bring their enthusiasm for learning into the classroom.
 

Learning beyond the classroom.

There are lots of opportunities to extend learning to the real world outside the school.

Students thrive beyond Gateway.

Gateway graduates are poised, well-spoken, have strong critical thinking skills, and are able to thrive in a variety of high school environments.
 

Students design, develop, and build hands-on solutions to solve problems.

Our program emphasizes collaborative learning experiences and project-based curriculum.

At Gateway, Middle School students are leaders and role models.

Keeping Kindergarten-8th grade on one campus gives Middle School students opportunities for leadership and mentorship, while allowing them to continue to be kids.


Where do they go from here?

Gateway graduates move on to a variety of High Schools in the area.

"Everything that I had hoped we would find at Gateway has come to pass. My son has become a thoughtful, curious student, an advocate for himself and for others, and a child who deeply cares about the world around him. His Gateway education has been an absolute gift." Allison, Parent 

"Gateway students do so well here -- they are well prepared, participate, write well and are interested in school." World Civilizations teacher at Santa Cruz High School


 

I think the biggest thing I’ve always cherished about Gateway was how everyone here only wanted me to succeed. I’ve become a good student because of the way Gateway recognized that everyone learns in a different way. Leah, Class of 2020 (excerpt from 8th grade graduation speech)


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