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Unlocking Potential in All Learners

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In 1998, six parents dreamed of creating a gateway to college for all students regardless of race, income, or learning style. They founded Gateway High School, a college preparatory, public charter school in San Francisco. We expanded our model with the addition of a middle school in 2011. Now, 96% of our graduates go on to college, double the statewide rate.

All Gateway students learn at high levels and they all learn differently. We offer a rigorous academic program in a nurturing environment, identifying and supporting the individual talents, strengths, and needs of each student.

Our Mission

Gateway Public Schools’ mission is to prepare a broad range of learners for success in college and beyond. As model public charter schools, we are committed to serving a student body that reflects the diversity of San Francisco including a special emphasis on students with diagnosed learning disabilities, and helping each and every one of our students get into college and thrive. We believe that all students are capable of learning at high levels when schools pair high expectations and a school-wide understanding that students learn differently. At Gateway, we combine a rigorous academic program with an approach where the individual talents, strengths, and needs of our learners are identified and supported. 
In addition to providing a high quality public education to our students, we seek to accomplish two important broader goals:

  1. By ensuring that each of our students (more than 75% of whom are students of color, more than 40% are first-generation college-bound, and more than 25% have diagnosed learning disabilities) have post-secondary opportunities, we hope to help change the demographics of the college-bound population in San Francisco;
  2. By serving as model public schools, we hope to demonstrate that public education can and does work for diverse learners, share our best practices, and, as such, serve as a change agent within the public sphere.

Our Core Values

  • Provide a high quality, college-ready public education to every student.
  • Change the demographics of the college-bound population in San Francisco.
  • Demonstrate that public education works for diverse learners.
  • Share our continuous learning and be a catalyst for change in the public sphere.
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Our Students

student demographics at gateway
  • Our students come from 45 different elementary schools across the city
  • 75% Students of color
  • 40% First-generation college-bound
  • 25% Diagnosed Learning Difference
  • 52% Free or Reduced Lunch
  • 96% College Bound