The advisory program contributes to the school’s culture of a strong community, high achievement, student self-awareness, and student integrity. The student’s advisor is the primary person of contact and outreach to parents, caregivers, and families. Moreover, advisory gives students an opportunity to impact both the school community and the larger community through service-learning activities.
Physical and Health Education
To foster both healthy minds and healthy bodies, all students will participate in a physical and health education class that meets the California Content Standards in Physical Education and Health. In this class students will learn health-promoting habits and set personal goals to practice these habits and meet physical fitness goals. Critical components of this class include nutrition and understanding social, emotional, and physical development during adolescence.
Visual and Performing Arts
With our mission being to teach all kinds of learners, Gateway Middle School recognizes the importance of developing students’ skills in a range of areas. To this end, both visual and performing arts are offered as part of co-curricular activities in the afternoon. The purpose of these classes is to develop students’ artistic perception, creative expression, and aesthetic appreciation for a variety of visual and performing arts.
Spanish & Heritage Spanish
In preparation for high school work in foreign languages, Gateway Middle School students will have the opportunity to study Spanish or Heritage Spanish in their 7th and 8th grade years. Through the formal study of another language, students will have the opportunity both to understand more thoroughly the structure of English and to gain a greater appreciation for common Latin roots of words in both English and Spanish. Students who are heritage Spanish speakers will have the opportunity to develop their reading comprehension and formal writing skills in their heritage language. The Spanish and Heritage Spanish classes will also offer exposure to a broad range of Hispanic cultures.