The Education

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Building a Foundation for Success

Gateway Middle School offers a rigorous academic program that is complemented by enriching co-curricular activities and opportunities for after-school homework support. All academic courses are based on Common Core State Standards and emphasize the learning process, community, and integrity. 

Building a Foundation
The middle school years are an important time in which students gain the skills, habits, and knowledge needed for future academic and personal success.

Gateway Middle School has a unique six period schedule, including 80-minute blocks every morning for Math and Humanities, a daily 30-minute advisory class, and 60-minute periods in the afternoons for Learning Seminar, Science and Co-Curricular classes (Art, PE and Spanish). The 80-blocks in the morning allow extended time for students who need help with a difficult concept and for those who are ready to delve deeper.  Students also take classes in cohort groups, so they have the same teachers for Humanities and Learning Seminar and Math and Science; faculty members are thus able to know students well and help students to understand their unique learning styles and improve their process of learning.

Educational Program Highlights

  • Our rigorous college prep course load is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which prepare students for success in high school and beyond.
  • Students are grouped in a cohort model in which students remain together throughout the majority of their day, ensuring that students are known well by both faculty and peers.    
  • The Learning Center ensures that all students are supported within Gateway’s rigorous college prep curriculum.  
  • All students take a Learning Seminar course, which helps students understand their unique learning style and strengths, as well as develop their process of learning.    
  • Students are matched with one grade level faculty advisor each year. The faculty advisor acts as an academic advisor, counselor, and “go to” person for families.
  • Restorative practices are used to build a positive school culture, reduce suspensions, and increase equity.
  • Partnerships with other organizations are formed to create a rich, powerful, and integrated experience for students.