Every student at Gateway takes a course load that exceeds requirements for admission to the UC and CSU systems as well as private colleges and universities across the nation. All academic courses at Gateway are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and incorporate Gateway’s particular emphasis on process of learning, commitment to community, and integrity.
Four years are required. The core humanities course is a three-year course that comprises a cross-cultural study of history, literature, and social studies. This course offers credits in English, history, and social science and is very writing-intensive. During senior year, all students take a full year of Civics/Economics and English. Additionally, we offer AP US History, AP English, and English 11 Honors for students who are eager to tackle the challenge.
Three years of math are required. All students must pass three years of math through Algebra 2. We offer various math courses, from Algebra 1 through AP Calculus.
Three years of science are required. Students take environmental science in 9th grade, biology in 10th grade, and chemistry in 11th grade. By the time students are seniors, they have completed two lab sciences (per UC requirements) and have engaged in three years of inquiry-based, hands-on, collaborative science. We offer a host of electives and honors/AP offerings in science to complement the courses listed previously.
Three years of consecutive Spanish are required. With Spanish, there is traditional coursework for students who are new to Spanish or a set of classes designed to meet the needs of heritage Spanish speakers or those who have participated in a Spanish-immersion educational setting prior to Gateway. In Spanish, students who take either set of classes have the option to take AP Spanish Language and/or AP Spanish Literature.
Two years of arts are required. Students may choose to take a two-year sequence of Drama or Visual Arts, or take one year of each. Students may continue their study of the arts in subsequent years.
9th Grade Seminar
One year is required. This research-based course is intended to ensure the successful transition from middle school to our rigorous college-prep high school.
Two semesters are required. Taught by our college counselors, this course helps to ensure that all students successfully navigate the college admissions process.
Two years are required (240 hours total). Students may earn PE points in a variety of ways, including participating in: the PE elective, interscholastic team sports, organized sports/activities not sponsored by Gateway, a Project Week mini course that counts for PE credits, or certain Gateway clubs or activities that count for PE credits.
Project Week participation is required for every year a student attends Gateway. Project Week is an intensive intersession program in which students step out of the regular routine of the school day to examine a single subject over the course of six days.
Twenty-five hours of serving the community are required for each year a student attends Gateway.