Academics

Gateway’s academic vision is to inspire and engage.
We seek to spark our students’ attention, awaken
critical thinking and make learning come alive. 

His Learning Style

At Gateway, we recognize that every student learns differently and needs integrated support to achieve his potential. Our teachers incorporate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning strategies into the curriculum to improve students’ executive functioning skills and enhance their learning. It starts with a thorough assessment of his capabilities and limitations. Where does he shine? What blocks his confidence and esteem? 

Gateway students are generally bright but have difficulty expressing how much they know in a typical learning environment.

Some of our students enjoyed and performed well in previous schools until anxiety or other emotional difficulties impeded their success. For these students, our program focuses on integrating academic, social, and therapeutic goals that improve learning in all areas of his life. 

Other students arrive having struggled academically, perhaps due to a learning difference, social issues, or the distraction of an emotional problem. For these students, our academic team creates a challenging but manageable program based on building skills to improve confidence, self-advocacy, organization, and executive functioning. 


"At Gateway, many young men are surprised to discover they actually enjoy school when their learning style is supported and valued.”

—Casie Buckner-Munteanu, M.Ed., Academic Director


OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Gateway Academy creates learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to enhance each student’s therapeutic success.  We provide an encouraging and challenging academic environment where students develop into confident communicators who think critically and become independent, life-long learners.  

INspiring A Love For Learning

Something amazing happens when academic success and independence are carefully nurtured. Self-defeating beliefs and behaviors begin to melt.  Students find out that they are students:  natural explorers, curious about their world – and capable. And learning becomes its own reward. That’s the sweet spot.   

ACCREDITED, RIGOROUS, AND SUPPORTIVE COURSES

Gateway offers a teacher-directed college preparatory curriculum, accredited by AdvancED. All credits earned are fully transferrable and students are eligible to graduate high school from Gateway. Students learn in traditional classrooms that follow the core curriculum for each subject. Gateway teachers are specialists, certified in their individual subject areas.  

Our smaller classroom setting provides an intimate learning environment where each boy can receive the personal attention and support he needs.  By the time our students leave Gateway, they have the confidence and the passion to pursue learning independently for life.

Gateway teachers are champions for success, seizing every opportunity to build on a boy’s academic wins, while challenging him to go further within his potential.

TEACHING THE WAY EACH BRAIN WORKS BEST

We start by priming the brain before school in our morning fitness class so that students arrive to class ready to learn.  While in school, we re-prime the brain by utilizing movement to reinforce learning at least every 15-20 minutes, teaching a concept and then reviewing it with a learning activity that involves movement.  This allows the concept to move more easily from short-term to long-term memory and enables the teachers to better assess learning.  Using Dr. John Ratey’s “Sparks” brain-based research to create optimal learning experiences in our classrooms, our students demonstrate their intelligence in a way that is unlike what they might reveal in traditional classrooms.  Click here to learn more.

HALLMARKS OF ACADEMICS AT GATEWAY
  • Personalized learning
  • Fully accredited
  • Inspiring life-long curiosity and confidence
  • Focused on developing:
    • Critical thinking
    • Effective communication
    • Independent learning skills

ENHANCED LEARNING

  • LEARNING STRATEGIES  

This class is specifically designed to improve student learning, provide focused study time, and enhance the core curriculum for every Gateway student.  Through the study of input, process, and output, students explore the way their brains work and how they can utilize their unique learning styles to access their education.  When a young man truly understands his strengths, his self-confidence improves, which can augment his success in other subjects.

  • ART INTEGRATION 

Research suggests a strong link between art education and improved literacy, math and critical thinking skills, as well as fewer disciplinary problems.  All Gateway students take part in a class that integrates art across the curriculum.  The class focuses on enhancing core content through artistic integration.  For example, students use the current subject-matter from English, math, science, and history to create a visual representation of the content, while augmenting cognitive development through creative expression.

Through participation in both of these classes, our students improve their motivation and academic achievement through the use of visual, auditory, & kinesthetic modalities; develop skills in creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, self-direction, initiative, and collaboration; and utilize mindfulness techniques to improve self-regulation and attention skills, as well as promote a growth mindset.

College Preparatory Curriculum

Our complete college preparatory curriculum – including honors level courses – allows students to build a strong transcript for college admission.  In addition, college counseling is part of the school process at Gateway and includes:

  • Helping students choose appropriate courses in light of high school graduation requirements and college admissions criteria
  • Providing comprehensive SAT and ACT preparation including a two-day workshop every fall term, intense summer prep courses, and assistance registering for and taking these standardized tests
  • Educating students about different types of post-secondary educational opportunities and assisting them to find a good fit
  • Assisting students with the college search, application, and the admission process, including help writing their college essay

"Throughout the college preparatory process, my philosophy is to encourage students to keep as many doors open as possible, so that when they graduate, they can walk through a door that they always thought was closed.”

—Kelli Hansen, B.A., Assistant Academic Director


Individualized Education Program

Gateway Academy accommodates previously developed IEP's in order to continue the individualized goals and recommendations for students with special learning needs. We participate in ongoing goal evaluations with the home district to ensure that the IEP is being followed and that it continues to be a valid document if the student returns to his public school. We have a certified special education teacher that oversees the IEP and works with the content teachers to make the necessary accommodations and modifications required in the regular education classes.

top