I believe that this is the best place for middle school students in the SFUSD if you like small class sizes, teacher involvement, useful and current technology for communication between teacher, administrators, parents and students. The down side is there is not a sports facility of good PE program. That said, this is an excellent school. The students are kept to a code of higher ethics, motivation of life choices (think 'college') and academic excellence that is sadly lacking in most public schools in San Francisco.
Gateway is a small middle school with a lottery for entrance. I chose this school for my son because of the small size compared to SF public middle schools. The school feels like a private school in size and quality but a public school in student diversity. We feel very lucky to have received a spot. The schools strengths are in pre-teen/teen social development and academic preparedness. All teachers and staff are on the same page - supportive, motivating, clear with expectations and great at communicating with kids and parents. It makes the middle school transition easier and meaningful for kids. My son is learning to organize himself and become an efficient student who is motivated by each academic improvement and success. This is something that is hard to teach at home. The kids are very diverse in ethnicity and socio-economics but the school has a friendly vibe thanks to good adult leadership.
Great school, with a strong focus on academics and social skills. The principals are personable and know each student by name, the teachers are readily accessible, and student scores/ progress are available online.
Our son is new to the Gateway community. So far as parents we have found the educational experience to be academically challenging. Teachers and staff are enthusiastic about their roles. Social challenges have been address appropriately and in an expedient nature to encourage positive self esteem and problem solving. We are happy with this school and our choice to send our son there.
My son just finished his first week of sixth grade at Gateway MS. He states that he likes all of his teachers and that especially in Spanish, the classwork has been fun, inventive and engaging. He says all of the students are really nice and there is no bullying or unkind words spoken. We picked this school for the small class-size, individualized instruction and college preparatory curriculum. We are extremely optimistic that our son will have an joyful and challenging educational experience at GMS!
This is a super school that has a code of ethics and keeps to it. We hope the school stays put for next year but since it is a charter school the SFUSD gives it low priority for real estate and that is not good for the kids. The teachers are very dedicated to our child and email or call us when we have questions. We recommend this school to prospective middle school parents.