Principal's Welcome

Gateway students in hallway

Welcome to Gateway

From the Principal

Tony Rodgers at Gateway High School

Dear Gateway Families and Friends,

When Gateway was founded 20 years ago, a group of parents dreamed of creating a school that would be a gateway to college for all students and it is evident that their passion, vision, and mission remains cornerstone to all that Gateway does today. They  each had a child who had not found support in a traditional public or independent classroom and built Gateway High School together, a college preparatory, public charter school in San Francisco.

We are proud to have 96% or more of our graduates go onto colleges and universities - nearly double the statewide rate - and the highest graduation rating possible on the California Schools Dashboard. Gateway has been named a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education twice. 

Gateway excels in utilizing restorative practices, a model that enhances equity and allows participants to truly see and understand each other. Every teacher and administrator is committed to best supporting students and families on a social and emotional level to ensure success and growth. With the support of mental health counselors, learning specialists, and teachers who care deeply and understand students' unique needs, Gateway students are able to explore their identities and become strong learners and individuals. 

Over their four years at Gateway, our students thrive and develop from adolescents to young adults with a sense of self, community, and direction. Gateway partners with organizations and the community to make learning relevant and connected to each student’s identity and experience. Students are engaged and use their voice to be part of local and national movements such as Black Lives Matter, immigration reform, gun control and LGBTQA advocacy and allyship.

I hope that you find our website to be a helpful tool in learning more about Gateway’s educational philosophy and approach, and I also invite you to contact us or visit the school to get to know us better. Welcome to the Gateway community.


Tony Rodgers
GHS Principal

Unlocking Potential in Every Student

“We started Gateway High School as a way to reach students who hadn’t found success in other public schools. All students have the potential to succeed so we asked ourselves - what can we do to make sure we are reaching those students who need a little extra support in unlocking their potential? So we started Gateway High School, a school where all students are supported and given the skills and resources necessary for college and beyond."
Joyce McMinn, one of Gateway High School's founding mothers