Applicants who wish to attend Gateway right now, for the 2013-2014 school year, please review our wait pool FAQs.
1. What is a charter school?
In 1992, the California Charter Schools Act was passed in order to encourage innovation and increase opportunities for students, families, and teachers within the public education sphere. A charter school is a tuition-free public school that operates independently from local school districts. As schools of choice, all charter schools are open to any student who wants to apply, regardless of where he or she lives within the state. If more students apply than space permits, charter schools are required to hold a lottery for admission. There are no admission tests or tuition fees at charter schools. Charter schools have flexibility in the design of their school programs, their personnel decisions, and their resource allocation. In exchange for this freedom, public charter schools are held accountable for their school's performance, including: student achievement, organizational and fiscal management, and stakeholder satisfaction.
2. What grade levels can apply to Gateway Middle School?
For the current 2013-2014 school year, Gateway Middle School has 300 students in 6th through 8th grade.
3. How do I apply to Gateway Middle School?
You must submit a Gateway application (which can be completed in your native language) that includes contact information, demographic information, a parent statement, brief academic information, and your approval for the release of additional academic information from your elementary school. Academic information includes standardized test scores, attendance, as well as documentation of educational assessments and/or special education services. This academic information will only be used to help us get to know our new students right away, plan their schedules accordingly, and help them to make as smooth of a transition from elementary school to middle school as possible. The lottery application will be available September 2013. There is no deadline for the Wait Pool Application, but we recommend submitting it as soon as you can.
4. What is the timeline for the application process?
The Lottery Application is due January 21, 2014. In early March, Gateway will conduct a lottery and then notification letters will be mailed to you March 14, 2014. Students who are offered enrollment at Gateway must accept or decline by March 21, 2014. Students who were not selected by the lottery must decide if they would like to be entered into our wait pool.
5. Do I apply to Gateway through SFUSD?
No. Gateway’s enrollment process is completely separate from SFUSD. If you are applying to SFUSD middle schools, do not list Gateway as one of your choices on the District’s enrollment form. Rather, use that form to select the SFUSD schools that you would like to attend. Please be aware that if you choose to attend Gateway, we will give you a SFUSD enrollment form to fill out. This form is submitted by Gateway to the Educational Placement Center of SFUSD so that the district knows which students are attending Gateway. Gateway students are part of SFUSD.
6. Does Gateway accept students who do not live in San Francisco?
Yes. Gateway has students from all over the Bay Area. However, please note that applicants who do not reside in San Francisco that are offered enrollment at Gateway must apply for an interdistrict transfer from their home school district. If the district refuses to grant the transfer, attending Gateway will not be possible.
7. How does Gateway select its students?
As prescribed by California law, Gateway conducts a lottery for the incoming 6th grade class.
8. Does Gateway have a separate enrollment process or lottery for students receiving special education services?
No. Students with identified learning disabilities are enrolled using the same lottery process.
9. If Gateway uses a lottery system to enroll students, why does Gateway require an application?
There are two main reasons Gateway requires an application. First, as a school of choice, we want to ensure that you use the application to determine if Gateway is the right school for you. By visiting the school, reading our materials, and responding to the questions we ask, you’ll gain a good sense of what makes Gateway unique and what you can expect to find if you attend. Second, if you attend, we use the application to help us get to know you right away, plan your schedule accordingly, and help you to make as smooth of a transition as possible to a new school.
10. Does Gateway admit students during the school year?
Students are periodically enrolled in Gateway during the fall semester until the beginning of the second semester in mid-January when spaces become available. In order to be considered for mid-year enrollment, you have to have an application on file with us.
If you are interested in learning more about Gateway and the enrollment process,please contact Iris Smith, Director of Enrollment, at firstname.lastname@example.org.