Gateway School

  • 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!.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1970
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students243 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Gateway School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 29 / rolling
Tuition NotesFlexible Tuition is available for families that qualify.
% on Financial Aid


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballVolleyball,


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!

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The average private school tuition in Santa Cruz, CA is $8,964 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Cruz, CA is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).