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!.
- Top Ranked CA School
- Grades: Kindergarten-8
- Students: 243 students
- Average class size: 15 students
- Application Deadline: Feb. 29 / rolling
Gateway School places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Learning Difference Programs
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
Classroom Dress Code
Finances and Admission
Feb. 29 / rolling
Flexible Tuition is available for families that qualify.
% on Financial Aid
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Chess, Computer Game Design & Programming, Flute & Piano, Foreign Language, Jr. Engineering, Lego Robotics, Math Club, Student Council, Tai Chi, Yearbook
- 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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