The Gateway School
Founded in 1965, The Gateway School is an independent, co-ed day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
It serves children ages 5-14 with learning differences and teaches them the skills, strategies, and content to succeed academically and socially.
Approximately 180 students are enrolled at Gateway, which comprises an ungraded Lower School and a graded Middle School (grades 5-8).
- School Type: Special Education School
- Grades: 5-8
- Students: 170 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Language-based learning disability, ADHD, executive function disorder
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code
(Gateway polo shirt and/or navy blue top)
(Gateway polo shirt and/or navy blue top)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Club or Organization:
After School Clubs
After School Clubs
- The Gateway School is dedicated to helping children with learning disabilities develop the academic skills, learning strategies, social competence, and self-confidence necessary to succeed. Our students, ages 5-14, learn in a nurturing educational environment, which empowers them to overcome early developmental hurdles, and allows their talents to flourish. At Gateway, we seek to provide an optimal learning environment for children who have great potential but who struggle with the significant difference between their strong abilities and their confounding difficulties in some aspects of life and learning. We offer a developmental program designed to promote the growth of the whole child. Our goals are to extend our students' considerable strengths, to address their areas of weakness, and to encourage them to pursue their passions. Our curriculum includes the study of traditional academic disciplines, such as language arts, mathematics, technology, visual and performing arts, social studies, and science. Our instruction, however, moves beyond the content of these subjects to the foundational skills that allow children to meet with success in academics as well as other areas of their lives. Teachers and specialists work as a team to promote development in the areas of language, perception, social skills, sensory-motor functioning, and cognition. Through individualized work in collaborative groups, our students learn to become problem-solvers and confident self-advocates, able to assess and address difficulties that arise in both academic and social situations.
Gateway has helped transform my daughter from a child who underestimated herself and her capabilities into a strong confident student. We have found teachers who give her the structure and positive reinforcement she needs, while at the same time allowing her to have fun and show her deeply creative side. She has been inspired by the school and its staff and It has been a blessing for us.
I do not exaggerate when I say that Gateway has been our miracle. After running into countless dead ends, Gateway provided a place and path for our son.
Gateway restored our son's confidence as learner! The staff & teachers are so supportive!
We would characterize our life as BG ("Before Gateway") vs. AG ("After Gateway").Before Gateway, our son, Christopher, was withdrawn, quiet and sad. He had difficulty with transitions, new environments and meeting new people. We had brief glimpses into his personality, but those moments were fleeting. In a classroom setting, Chris was typically the child who was overlooked.After Gateway, we could see Christopher developing into the boy and man he could be. Today, he is talkative, funny and loving and sweet. When confronted with challenges, instead of shutting down or throwing a tantrum, Chris talks to himself and tries to make sense of the situation. Most of all, he is happy.What we love about Gateway is that the school, teachers and staff tailor their program and curriculum for each child. They take great care in getting to know Chris. In Chris's initial interview/evaluation with the Gateway teachers, they described our child perfectly -- in a way that no other school, teacher, therapist has been able to until then. They got him. They understand how to teach, motivate and challenge him today. We are so grateful for the school because we know they are giving him the tools to succeed in the real worldtomorrow.
Gateway has provided our daughter with a caring, supportive environment in a manageably small setting. The teachers have zeroed in on her specific educational needs. This focus and attention has built her confidence and equipped her with tools and skills that she uses now and that we know will be a benefit to her for the rest of her life.
The school that we fell in love with a few years ago is continuing to create an even better learning environment for our children now. Thanks to Carolyn Salzman`s vision, major changes and improvements have been made to the Gateway School just within the last year. And more changes are on the way.
The parents at this school are supportive of their children and teachers in a way I never seen before. It's a partnership that helps parents understand what their child needs now and what that looks like at different ages. The teachers get to work with engaged parents!
Children really learn to read - more than just decoding they learn how to read (comprehend) academic/non-fiction texts. There is big focus on skills and strategies for learning plus content. All part of Huge transformation of program in past few years that's included upgrading of administrators and faculty and laser focus on developing robust curriculum. Commitment is to preparing student for college prep high schools or to renter mainstream when ready. School takes full education of learning impaired children seriously.
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