Gateway School

  • Founded in 1970 and located on 2.5 acres perched above the Monterey Bay, Gateway School is Santa Cruz's premier academically-challenging Progressive K-8 school with the mission to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.
  • At Gateway we believe that the purpose of education goes far beyond teaching only academics.
  • Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker`s Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program.

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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

Student Body

Total Students243 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
12%
State avg.: 44%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
88%
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 29 / rolling
Tuition NotesFinancial aid program is available for families that qualify.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Admissions DirectorColleen Sullivan
Admissions AssociateKaty Leedom

Sports

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

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

  • Founded in 1970 and located on 2.5 acres perched above the Monterey Bay, Gateway School is Santa Cruz's premier academically-challenging Progressive K-8 school with the mission to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.
  • At Gateway we believe that the purpose of education goes far beyond teaching only academics. On any given day, you may see our students making native California animal masks, programming quad copters in our Maker's Space, brewing tea in the Life Lab gardens, presenting skits in Spanish, parsing primary source documents about the Gold Rush, or debating the difference between the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. Our classrooms extend beyond the school into our community and the natural environment.
  • Small class sizes ensure individual attention from teachers who know and care about each child's needs.  Art, Music, Spanish, Mindfulness, Life Lab Science and our Maker's Space are integral parts of our robust curriculum. In this supportive environment, Gateway students graduate with the habits to be successful in the most competitive high schools and colleges. 
  • We invite you to explore our website for more information and for instructions on how to apply.
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