I have two kids at Gateway School. They both love school and continue to grow both academically, socially and emotionally. One of the many things I love about Gateway is that they really do focus on the whole child--we have seen this time and time again. My children are nurtured and encouraged to
... Read more do their best! The teachers, staff, and families are wonderful. It is an amazing community and I'm so grateful my children have the opportunity to go to this school. It is a gift to our whole family to be part of Gateway. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/12/15
Gateway School is a close-knit community full of interesting people. My husband, my two sons, and I have all made many friends in the four years that we have been a part of it. My boys are happy to go to school every day. Their caring teachers encourage their curiosity and their love of reading
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Posted by a parent on 01/04/15
Our son joined Gateway in 1st Grade after we moved to Santa Cruz from overseas. His brilliant first grade teacher and the supportive staff made the transition so much smoother and easier than we could ever have imagined. He is now in 4th Grade, where he continues to grow and thrive. He loves school and
... Read more is an engaged and enthusiastic student. We love everything about Gateway: the warm community; the small class sizes; the way each child's learning style is identified and the dedicated and talented specialist teachers in music, art, Life Lab, Discovery Lab, Spanish and PE. We wholeheartedly recommend Gateway. It's wonderful to know our son is enjoying such a great education and we fully intend for him to stay at the school through 8th Grade. Having watched children grow through the grades, we plan for him to stay at gateway through 8th Grade. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/26/14
When our children were in pre-K, we did a thorough review of all local elementary schools, public & private. We chose Gateway School for these reasons: it offers K through Middle School, small classes (usually 14-17 kids per class), challenging academics, specialty classes such as art, music and the
... Read more amazing Life Lab program, and the "whole child" approach to learning. Our children are now in 4th & 6th grades and love coming to school. Our oldest was shy and quiet when he was younger, and he has blossomed while at Gateway. He now loves to present in front of adults and peers, and thrives with the challenging yet nurturing academic curriculum. Our youngest is very social and out-going, and those skills have been encouraged along with helping him learn how to study and be a better student. As parents, we found a loving and supportive community with fellow parents, the staff and teachers at Gateway. I feel quite blessed to have found this gem of a school that is inspiring my kids to be passionate lifelong learners. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/19/14
This school has many great things going for it especially if your child starts with the early years. The children essentially grow up together and form a tight knit team. I would not recommend it to families moving to the area and entering in any but the earliest years. There was some bullying behaviors
... Read more and while the principal was very accessible and concerned there was really nothing he was able to to do to improve the situation. It was a very tough year especially when we had such high hopes of a nurturing environment for our child transitioning to moving to Santa Cruz. We had a happier experience the following year in a different school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/07/14
Gateway has been an amazing school for our three kids. The social-emotional learning is like an extension of the values we try to teach at home: kindness, respect, peaceful conflict resolution, etc. Teachers have the time and ability to really know our kids, and translate that knowing into a better
... Read more learning environment. The curriculum is inquiry and project based, so that our kids explore a wide range of subjects through projects that give them choice to follow their interests. Furthermore, Gateway has been advanced in applying learnings from top neuroscientists into the classroom. Not only does Gateway host a day of training with a different top neuroscientist each year, but they send a delegation of teachers to neuroscience conferences. And I can see how this work has improved the way our kids are taught in the classroom. Gateway was also among the first K-8's to implement Mindfulness as a strategy for academic improvement, with a program over 6 years old now. There's so much academic and emotional support for my kids at this school. We, and they, couldn't be in a more supportive, better learning environment. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/19/14
I have had children at Gateway for over a decade. My eldest is entering his Junior year of high school. Gateway prepared him not only for academic success, but also to help mold him into a good citizen with strong self esteem and leadership skills. Gateway's teachers are not only caring , but they
... Read more stay well educated on the best ways to teach their students. I love the fact that Gateway has amazing dedicated specialists for teaching Spanish, Art, Music, P.E., technology and has a stellar life lab science program. As an ex-educator I can say that Gateway's curriculum and educational philosophy are exactly in the best interest of educating children for the 21st Century. As a parent I can say that my both my alum student and the two that I have enrolled now are thriving learners who look forward to each day of school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/02/14
They have a horribly misleading Smart Tuition program that traps you into being obligated to pay tuition even if you have financial hardship that makes it impossible after you've signed. They're sending us to collections for 4 months of tuition and our daughter hasn't set foot in the school for the
... Read more school year. We've been pleading for months for them to let us out of the contract because we can't attend as our family is moving. They're forcing us to make our daughter go there for 2 weeks so they can get the funds from the insurance company. What a joke. We won't pay and will fight it to the bitter end in court if we must. What a shame. The payment program taints their school reputation big time. They only care about the insurance money, not our children's best interest. To be continued after a news investigation into their contract roll out procedures and actual the actual contract itself. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/26/14
My daughter attended Gateway School from K to 8th grade. We had only intended to stay for earlier years but we fell in love with the school. It is more than a school, it's a community or loving and supportive teachers, parents and kids.
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Posted by a parent on 07/01/14
Gateway is an excellent school that offers stimulating, high quality education. Our daughters attended the middle school and had wonderful teachers who care deeply about the kids and their education. There is a strong sense of community at the schools and high level of participation from all sides -
... Read more kids, parents, teachers. Gateway teachers accommodate different learning styles and are invested in kids succeeding and meeting their potential. The curriculum is engaging and builds on core principles with creative and stimulating lessons and materials. The kids leave gateway with a strong core knowledge base and foundational skills that have them well prepared for highschool. Read less
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Santa Cruz schools — Gateway School is located at 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95060. 126 Eucalyptus Ave is in the 95060 ZIP code in Santa Cruz, CA Gateway School is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 8.
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