Gateway School, founded in 1970, is a co-ed, Kindergarten through Middle School day school in Santa Cruz, CA. We are dedicated to nurturing academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, personal character and active engagement.
We value collaboration, creativity and a love of learning, and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens.
We invite all families to visit our website or schedule a tour, and get to know our community!.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 243 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 29 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1970
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
243 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
12%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Gateway School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
88%
Average Class Size
15 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 29 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Flexible Tuition is available for families that qualify.
% on Financial Aid
30%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
4 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Chess, Computer Game Design & Programming, Flute & Piano, Foreign Language, Jr. Engineering, Lego Robotics, Math Club, Student Council, Tai Chi, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Gateway School, founded in 1970, is an independent, co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through Middle School.
  • Our mission is to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.
  • We nurture academic success and intellectual curiosity, personal character and integrity, and individual agency and engagement.
  • Our program is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking.
  • Our students develop communication and collaboration skills while becoming compassionate and responsible citizens.
  • We feature Art, Music, Spanish, Mindfulness, Life Lab Science, and a Makerspace as integral parts of our program, along with small classes, a gorgeous nine-acre campus, and a loving community of families.
  • Gateway is the only K-8 school in Santa Cruz accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
  • We invite all families to visit our website or schedule a tour, and get to know our community!
Source: Verified school update

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 243 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 29 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Santa Cruz, CA is $13,590 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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