Gateway’s innovative programs ensure the SUCCESS of each of our diverse students.
Shared leadership and responsibility for achievement
- Gateway’s leadership team, faculty, and staff work together collaboratively to achieve Gateway’s mission to send 100% of our students to college.
- Our highly trained and well-educated teachers and leaders use data systems such as DataDirector and NWEA’s MAP to strategically set goals and monitor and analyze our progress.
Understand what our students know and can do
- With no more than 125 students per grade and an average class size of 25, we ensure that each student receives personalized instruction and is known well.
- Teachers implement ongoing on-the-spot assessments to understand students’ daily learning including exit tickets, clicker response systems, and more.
- In the essential skill areas of math and reading, teachers analyze robust interim assessment data to gauge growth and inform instruction.
College prep for everyone
- All Gateway High School students take a rigorous course load that exceeds university entrance requirements and prepares them for success in college. More than 95% of all Gateway graduates have gone on to college.
- Gateway Middle School students spend extended time on core academic subjects (math, reading, writing) and receive explicit instruction on key skills and study habits in all their classes. All classes meet the California Content Standards for the given class and grade level.
- We offer visits to college campuses, advisory activities related to college readiness, and parent/guardian workshops on college preparation for both middle school and high school students, as well as consistent college counseling to our high school students.
Caring and comprehensive supports for students
- Each student is paired with a faculty advisor who guides him/her through the school experience and serves as a consistent contact for families.
- Gateway has a Middle School Learning Center and a High School Learning Center each providing support for all students, especially those with learning differences, in the forms of tutorial support, learning strategy instruction, intensive reading instruction, assistive technology, and more.
- Over the course of each academic year, 90% of students utilize Gateway’s after-school tutoring program at the high school, which offers tutoring in one-on-one and small-group settings to students. Students can seek subject-specific help or general help with study skills and homework management.
- Students who are significantly below grade level in reading participate in Gateway’s intensive reading program. On average, students who complete this program increase their reading by up to four grade levels.
Engaging and personalized instruction
- Our middle school and high school curriculums both include long-term projects and rigorous assignments, challenging students to find the depth of each topic, assess its complexity, and be accountable for demonstrating their grasp of it.
- Each year, our teachers spend the equivalent of 23 extra working days dedicated to their professional growth. They continuously improve teaching and learning through examining recent educational research, analyzing student achievement data, sharing best practices, building school culture, and planning improvements to our academic program.
Strong partnerships with families and community
- To encourage parent-school unity that is critical to student success, we hold family conferences, as well as provide family information nights, learning demonstration nights, affinity nights, parent support groups, home visits, and neighborhood meetings.
Strengthen students’ process of learning
- Learning seminar classes also explicitly teach students skills that prepare them for success in all their classes: organization, note-taking, studying, goal-setting and time management.