Not only is Gateway School the best deal in Santa Cruz County, but the nurturing environment that allows each child to develop fully at their own pace is unparalleled. The curriculum is a challenging as your child makes it and the faculty and head of school are dedicated, sincere professionals who care
... Read more deeply about delivering an enriched educational experience to every child. I really appreciate the forward thinking strategy around delivering education and learning in a rapidly changing society. Incorporating learning skills such as an iPad learning tool, a makers studio with infinite possibilities for exposure to problem solving techniques including 3D printing, laser printing all at an age appropriate pace. What holds it all together is the world class faculty who are passionate, caring, supportive leaders. My son can not wait to get to school every day. In fact, most days he arrives an hour early so he can engage with friends and take command of the possibilities around him. I encourage anyone remotely interested in the program to call and set up an informal visit. Check out a few classrooms, listen and watch the confidence that is so present in these kids. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/05/13
Gateway is an extraordinary school, deeply focused on enhancing academic and social-emotional growth. We have three kids at the school. Teachers and administrators look broadly for ways to enhance the quality of the program. Each year, Gateway brings in a prominent neuroscientist to give a daylong
... Read more workshop with teachers on the latest learnings, which are then translated into actionable changes in the school day. Mindfulness was introduced to help children learn to pause and make a deliberate decision about what to do with their strong emotions. The new Discovery Center is a product development and design lab that helps even young elementary kids to think about creating something of quality that people other than parents would want to buy. Gateway has a treasured set of long time, deeply experienced yet flexible and active teachers. It has also brought in teachers from around the country and world, and with strong credentials. So, there's a brilliant music teacher who recently worked in Asia, and an Arts teacher and a Design teacher from Rhode Island School of Design. Curiosity and love of learning are alive at Gateway. We couldn't be happier with our choice! Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/26/13
Our now 7th grader has been at Gateway since kindergarten, and with every passing year we are confident she is getting the best education in Santa Cruz. At Gateway, the kids learn by doing things, not by being talked at. They work with each other to solve problems. Questions lead to conversations, not
... Read more just quick answers. Our child has learned to advocate for herself, and isn t afraid to speak up when she doesn t understand something. And the academics have been solid. Each year builds on concepts and skills from the year before. As 7th graders the kids are studying world religions, ancient cultures and algebra; they are working on their science fair projects and conversing with each other in Spanish. She is totally on track for her transition to high school. And lastly, as parents of a now middle schooler, we have a new appreciation for the K to 8 environment. The middle schoolers get to be mentors AND they also get to still be kids, in a place where it s actually ok to go and just play at recess, no matter what grade you are in. If you are considering a private or independent school, definitely check Gateway out. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/26/13
I have enormous respect and love for this school! My two kids transferred from public schools at different points and both thrived from day one. The teachers and staff went out of their way to make our kids and us feel included. I didn't realize when they joined that the middle school was so strong,
... Read more but our children (now excelling, one in high school and the other in college) were very well prepared for their next steps both in terms of academics and in terms of knowing themselves and feeling confident in their abilities and interests. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/25/13
I love seeing the smiles on my kids' faces when they run across the playground to greet me at the end of the day! My child, now in middle school, is a confident and dedicated student. He is challenged by his teachers to push himself academically, and in the nurturing environment that Gateway offers,
... Read more he has room to have fun and still be a kid. I love that the middle school children still love to play! Thank you Gateway for your strong academics, your nurturing faculty, and your hands-on and rich curriculum that makes learning so much fun for our children! Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/21/13
After 12 years of watching my children grow up in a school that has cared not only for them, but for our whole family, I couldn't be more thankful. The faculty and staff at Gateway School are amazing. Best K-8 education in Santa Cruz.
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Posted by a parent on 09/10/13
Gateway school is blessed with an outstanding faculty. Every day my children attend school, I am confident that they are receiving the best in K-8 education. Over the several years they have attended Gateway I have observed the respectful, caring and committed relationships the faculty have with the
... Read more students. I have also witnessed my children's growing passion with learning. Gateway's individual approach to learning supports all students and has allowed my children to explore their passionate interests in math and history at advanced levels. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/27/13
We want to clarify some inaccuracies in the 6/8/13 review. While it is true that our library and technology spaces will be reconfigured, neither of these programs will be eliminated. The newly configured "Discovery Center" will combine our library and technology programs into an integrated learning
... Read more center/ multifunctional space to facilitate students researching, creating and collaborating. It will allow students to learn digital ethics and to explore subjects more deeply. Books (physical & digital) remain important means for children to discover new worlds and spark imaginations and will continue to be part of our program. This media / information/ research/ technology center will help students to be prepared to navigate the modern information age. To clarify about staff changes, a couple were related to the reorganized Discovery Center, while the others were driven by the normal cycles of life of our teachers - ie., retirement, parenthood and relocation. We communicated these in our weekly electronic newsletter throughout the process and will continue to do so on all important news and information regarding the Gateway School community. --Gateway School Official Response Read less
Posted by a teacher on 06/18/13
I have a Gateway graduate, now in high school and two children currently enrolled at Gateway. As a former educator I know that Gateway's educational philosphy is fine tuned in accordance to how students learn best. The curriculum is taught with a student oriented and thematic approach. The students
... Read more are working 'hands on' and are fully participating in their learning. Gateway is academically rigorous, but not accompanied by an undo amount of stress. I marvel at Gateway's ability to maintain full-time program specialists for their life lab science program, music, art, spanish, P.E. and computer lab. As a parent I truly appreciate Gateway's 'culture of kindness,' and the caring staff and teachers. I have seen all of my children become focused, confident and motivated learners, as well as caring, compassionate and well rounded individuals. Gateway enjoys top level leadership from it's Head of School. I have seen amazing efforts over the last five years to make both the elementary and middle schools the best schools in the Santa Cruz area. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/21/13
I am a 25-year K-12 educator, author, and school leader serving on Gateway's Board of Trustees, and that's my lens for this review. Many schools aim (and claim) to teach "the whole child." Gateway's teachers actually do it thanks to their very small class sizes, an intimate school community where people
... Read more know and genuinely care about one another, and an instructional program that enables students to be successful in a wide range of learning opportunities: art, Orff music, their incredible Life Lab garden, character education, service, access to the ocean a few blocks away for hands-on science, and more. The instructional programs support all kinds of learning styles; Gateway's Mindfulness training provides children with the ability to focus and live in the moment -- talk about a gift, considering the media saturation, digital overstimulation, and frantic pace of life for children today. The middle school is a hidden gem, too. If you believe in deepening understanding rather than "accelerating," if you value childhood and discovery, if you seek a school where everyone knows your children and takes responsibility for nurturing them, then you should seriously consider Gateway. 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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