As a parent or a prospective student, you no doubt have a hundred questions. Please ask us! We love answering your questions and making sure your decision is the right one for everybody.


What sets Gateway apart from other residential treatment programs?

Gateway is distinguished by five core touchstones:

  • Therapy that is individualized. Gateway therapists have expertise in multiple therapeutic methodologies and techniques. Drawing from their broad knowledge base, they design thoughtful, sophisticated treatment plans to support each boy’s unique strengths and needs.
  • Education that is personal. Gateway teaches to each student—not just to a curriculum. Every boy is challenged and supported within his own ability as he learns to think critically, communicate effectively, and become a life-long learner.  
  • Adventure that is therapeutic. Gateway’s outdoor experiential education activities safely challenge boys socially, emotionally, and physically. These adventures are a therapeutic tool to help boys push themselves, learn how to form healthy relationships, practice cooperation, and develop life skills.
  • Community that is empowering. Gateway’s small, home-like environment provides the nurturing boys need to thrive and the safety to practice positive relationships. Through staff mentoring, peer interactions, group activities, and volunteer service, boys learn self-advocacy, life skills, and self-confidence.
  • Fitness that is focused. Gateway boys participate in targeted exercise and deliberate physical movement in therapy, school, and their community. When movement is focused and performed at specific times, it not only improves their physical health, it also prepares the boys to learn, sparks motivation, helps regulate emotions, and enhances self-esteem.

How often will I have contact with my son?

Families play a vital role in Gateway’s treatment process. Parental and family contact and involvement is crucial to each young man’s healing and growth at Gateway. Beginning the first week of your son’s stay you will have weekly family therapy sessions with your son and his therapist by phone. Your son will also have weekly social phone calls with you after the first two weeks of his stay at Gateway. Gateway also encourages unlimited letter writing, and incoming, faxing/e-mailing of letters. Additionally, Gateway has Parent Weekend every three months, where parents attend a four-day therapeutic experience along with their son and other parents.

How will my son be prepared for the real world after his time at Gateway?

Gateway's treatment philosophy centers on optimizing our students growth and learning through exposure to the real world and community we live in.  This is why our homes are located in more urban settings that provide access to cultural, recreational and social activities in our neighborhood.  As our students progress through our phase system, their ability to interact with the community around them increases. Some of our community-based opportunities include volunteer projects, social outings, movies, water parks, weekly use of local recreation centers, etc.  All of our students, new and veteran, are able to go off campus, within a supervised and structured setting, to participate in our Experiential Education Outdoor program and to engage in house activities. 

How long will my son stay at Gateway?

Gateway has a flexible length of stay, based on your son’s and family’s progress in treatment. Your son’s therapist and the Gateway clinical team, together with you as a parent, determine when your son has progressed to the point where he is prepared for the next step in his life. Overall, the typical length of stay for our students ranges between ten to twelve months.

What is the school like and is it accredited?

Gateway's academic program is accredited through AdvancEd and the State of Utah. Class sizes are small with 6-8 students per class. For more on academics at Gateway, click here.

How do school credits transfer?

Gateway is accredited through AdvancEd and thus, can accept all accredited school credits (Including credits earned out of the country).

Gateway routinely sends out transcripts all over the nation. Utah is on the quarter system so there is a little difference in how Gateway issues credits. However, there is a minor adjustment to assimilate semester and or year credits into our system. Additionally, Gateway can transfer credits earned at Gateway to work within the framework of a semester system when a youth transitions back home.

How does the Gateway school work with course work or credits from a wilderness academic program?

Some wilderness academic programs are accredited and others are not accredited. If the wilderness program is accredited all the grades and credits a student earns will be transferred into Gateway as they would from any accredited school. Typically students earn credit in wilderness in English, P.E., Biology and Psychology.

If the wilderness program is not accredited, the program typically puts together a "credit letter" giving a course description of content covered in each class along with the number of hours of instruction the student received in each subject and a letter grade assessing his learning and mastery of the content covered. This "credit letter" should be forwarded to Gateway upon admission.

Is Gateway affiliated with a specific religious organization?

Gateway is not affiliated with any one specific religious organization. We strive to meet the religious needs of those students who request participation in their chosen denomination.

My son will be turning eighteen this year. Can he still enroll at Gateway Academy?

Yes!  We are licensed to work with adolescent boys ages 14 - 17.  However, your son would need to arrive at least three months prior to his eighteenth birthday, and he cannot admit to our residential treatment program after his eighteenth birthday. Please call the Admissions Office to discuss this further if your son falls in this age group.