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Fort Myers, FL
Students enrolled: 1,196

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12850 Commonwealth Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

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(239) 768-5048
(239) 768-5710
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July 28, 2015
My kids are in this school for three years, and they love it.i don't have any problem with this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2015
Gateway Charter School (Charter Schools USA) is categorized as a foreign for-profit corporation!!! Their goal is to make money, period! They suck money out of communities. Teachers only teach to the test. They will also politely turn away parents who have Special ED or ESOL kids because they don't or won't accommondate them. There are always fundraisers. They charge students $2.00 to wear jeans on dress down days. They sell tons of chocolate bars after school for $1.00. They make money from children every day. They exploit teachers by paying them very small salaries ($33,000 with a Masters, less with a Bachelors), no salary increases each year, and NO pension. If you are an experienced teacher or a new teacher, do not even apply there. You will regret it if you do. You will be exploited and worked to death. Teachers who work at Gateway Charter School have one goal and that is to find a teaching job someplace else. It's that bad of a place to work. Teachers come and go all year because of the low salary and horrible working conditions, and there is no stability. Any school that has a picture of George W. Bush in the lobby should tell you something. RUN! LOOK ELSEWHERE!

- submitted by a teacher
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 02, 2015
The school system does not recognize students for their accomplishments. How do you expect to motivate children when they do not receive praise for their hard work and excellence? For instance, if a child has A & Bs except for one class being a C, they are not recognized for their strengths in the other classes. Instead they are made to feel like failures because they did not make the A/B honor roll. What about the other 6 classes they did make solid A & Bs? It is awful! I would have liked to see my child's work showcased at some point throughout the year. My child is in 2nd grade. A Music program, play, science fair, something to to work toward and have that sense of pride in showing your family. Nothing! I also have an older child who attended the elementary and intermediate. It is the same at every grade level. Showcasing success is nonexistent. Therefore, it is the school that is lacking in developing that in our children.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Disagree
June 02, 2015
I do not believe the school develops honesty, integrity, and fairness in its students. The implementation of their policies are inconsistent.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
June 02, 2015
My child has had three different teachers this year. I think that speaks for itself.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2015
I have decided to choose the option of sending my son to Gateway Charter school for the next school year(2015-2016) after weighing out the options long before my son was even born. I think as a community school, it is an excellent environment and a safe location for a child. What I feel is important for anyone making the choice to go "charter" is to remember that parent involvement is what seperates it from other public schools and inevitably what makes it so special. I cannot wait to be able to pop in and get to see how he's doing and that's just how I am as a parent. I have had a great experience so far through registration, seeing some of the current students responding to the teachers in a heartwarming manner, and a positive group of faculty that I need to focus more on what I was able to see from all of that, rather than the rumors of yesterday's gateway charter. It's all about what you make it, and I can't wait to see what this school will do for my children's education.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2014
Amazing school! My son loves his school! The teachers and staff are great! Not sure why some people rate it low. The communication is 1st rate with his teacher and they really care!

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2014
Worse school ever, weed out students, they dont communicate with parents. Not structured. Teachers not commited..... a mess... Student is currently in Public School doing great!!

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2014
The last comment below is not true. I'm writing this comment at 7:15. A. M. And the open house has not even taken place yet. It is today but starts in a couple of hours. It's a great elementary school.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2014
I am so far thoroughly UNIMPRESSED by this location of Charter Schools USA. My son will be starting kindergarten at Gateway Charter this year, on Monday. We are here today for orientation, only to find out that it had been rescheduled to Wednesday and has already passed. I took time off work so we could be here, bring in the trunk load of supplied you require, meet the teachers and be prepared for the first day of school Monday. This is his first time ever going, and my first time with a child in school, and we are now unprepared due to lack of communication from the school. We were not contacted about this change. The school employee on site said that the change was listed on the website. I will now make a note to check the website daily for updates, but had no idea that was necessary. I was given a paper when he was enrolled that said it would be today, and that's what I went by. If this is the level of communication and organization that I can expect from these schools year round, then my son will not be staying, and I'd strongly recommend other parents to find other avenues as well.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2013
Gateway charter school used to be a A school and really was but...not anymore like the other person comment they are not selective receiving students like it was and classes have too many kids for a teacher it is horrible!! my son wont be back here again instead he will attend Tortuga Preserve Elementary I heard good things about this school and the teachers and Principal as well

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2013
Our child has attended Gateway Elementary for two years. The first year his teacher was absent approximately 1/3 of the time. The class would be split between two other classes which gave those teachers 40+ students to teach. The second year the teacher was new and gave the students choices to even do work. The principal sat in her class for three weeks due to these issues. I changed his class for the 2nd semester and we had a teacher who had some of the most troubled students. It was a nightmare. I had a meeting with the school requesting the principals attendance. She did not show up. My child was assulted two times in four months. The students were not disciplined other than a talking to in both cases. My child had good test scores and never a behavior issue at the private christian school. The district needs to review this school for further funding. They take any students regardless of behavior. Just horrible!

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2013
Love this school. I have two children one is going into second grade Cambridge and the other starting K. I only pray our little one gets the wonderful miss Lavish. This school really challenges the students. We are very happy!

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2013
GATEWAY CHARTER ELEMENTARY used to be a good school but just like everything else surrounded by greed it took a turn for the worse. Gateway is not a bad school but they are no longer selective about who they allow in the school. It is a free for all...all of the teachers are leaving and they are so discouraged because they get paid less then the county teachers therefore they just follow a curriculum. If your child follows, good, if not oh well!! It does not follow ZERO TOLERANCE ACROSS THE BOARD! They treat students different --if your parent works there or has the time to volunteer then you are in good standing-if not look out!! They have a structured learning that is catered only to children who do not have a hard time. If your child is easily distracted you have to demand that they assist your child and you have to practically live at the school in order to get things done the right way. I get it the parents are in fact the first teachers but the children are in school all day and should be able to discuss what they learned in class. They focus on a lot of B.S. rather than spending more time on the focal points. I am very sad with they way it has turned out -No leadership!

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2013
My son started Kindergarten at Gateway Charter School for the 2012/2013 school year. I was very pleased with our experience there. Mrs. Lavish was his teacher, and she did a wonderful job teaching the children.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2013
Gateway Charter is horrible my son is in 4th grade first day of school the teacher was absent its okay then the teacher was there 2 out of 5 the class was always split up for almost 2 months my son was very distracted, it was about time when they fired her.the second teacher was there but invisible, she has no passion and no desire to really teach those kids she did not care is the were failling we had a meeting with her she said i have 22 kids i can not concentrate on every one.The principal and her assistant deserve to be fired gateway use to be a A SCHOOL not anymore with a grade of 6out 10 its consider to B-C SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2012
I have yet to meet the principal.The principal and superintendent and other members of staff never attend the skate night, open house, Christmas program, and field trips. My children have never attended a school where the administraton are not present in such activites.They honestly should be out showing pride in the school. If they do not take pride in their school, what example are they setting for the children. Also, the extrcircular activies at school are a joke. The music program is something to be shamed upon. The must be a shortage of talented and trained staff because the music teacher does not teach anything. She literally puts a tape on, and the students listen to music. What happened to teaching the children about music and how to sing. The christmas concert last year was aweful . They had KG, 3rd, 5th grade all together on the same night. Each grade sang 3 songs. 2 were jewish songs and the third was "We wish you a Merry Christmas". Each grade sang the latter song after their two. I left work to listen to my child's group sing three songs. The cafe was not decorated, and the children sang along with a CD. I would have been so embarrassed if I were the teacher.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2012
You can expect a Great education level. Kids are challenged on an everyday basis. The administrative staff is very friendly and professional...and very kind with the kids too. The way the school handles the safety procedures as well as parent pick up car line is great, it is true it takes some of your time, but it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your kids are in good hands. I highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2012
This school is terrible, they do not pay attention to the kids and seem only to be concerned with numbers to get paid. My daughters have been here for a year and I will not be going there next year. If you are considering this school look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2011
To many kids in the classroom..or need more teachers in classroom. one teacher to 30 kids thats crazy

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2011
Are you kidding!! The staff was a joke. The VP would hardley speak, and the Principal never even showed up the meeting that we had scheduled, an I'm new to the school!! Not a great way to introduce the school. Needless to say, I took my kids else where. Are these kids getting an education??? Think twice before sending your kids to Gateway Charter.

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2010
My 2 Children have been in this school for the last 2 years. The teachers and the front office staff are the best. But the new principal is a big disappointment. I will be giving this school one last chance with the 2010-2011 year with the hope that the management style will change.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2010
Students recieve a very good education. They challenge the students everyday. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2010
Our children have attended for 3-years and is a superior institution that exceeds both the quality of education and facilities to the most expensive private schools. The school requires uniforms which eliminates peer pressure and instills children to properly dress as they should. Teachers are great but could improve on administrative functions from time to time. The school is superior to the best state institutions and wouldn't have our children in any other school but Charter USA. Our son just graduated from Charter Senior and would rate the same as elementary. As for parent pickup system, it is professionally operated and highly efficient but with the volume of students in the school it does require a wait time for parents. The children are well cared for and safety a priority during parent drop off and pick up. This is an A+ school and deserves the rating by all means.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 25, 2010
There are two girls in the third grade class that are terrorizing, stealing from and then lying to cover-up. Nothing is being done to protect the other children since the teacher is not around when they do it so when we complain she cannot do anything. The parent pick-up and drop-off system is a nightmare that keeps getting worse. This year the school has been focused more on fund-raisers than being an educational institution. The new Principal is a huge disappointment.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2010
we just switched my daughter out of gateway charter today. Very sad. Her grades were good and the teachers are great. But there was a group of girls who ran around like a pack of wild dogs threatening the weaker girls. every attempt to let the principal know went unanswered with 'I need physical proof.' and would not even talk to them. This months people magazine has a story right on the cover about a girl who killed herself because she was being bullied and the principal tuned the other way. This could easily happen at gateway middle. Its ashame she had to leave this great school because of bullies. Maybe this principal will do something once someone is seriously hurt or even killed. Is this the kind of super vision you want your child to be under ?

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 27, 2009
This is my daughter's first year at this school. I am absolutely disappointed. I thought taking my daughter to a Charter school would benefit her more than one of the surrounding public schools. I believe I was sadly mistaken. Everything about this school is pure chaos. The pick up line, the lunch room, the lack of communication.. the lesson plans... everything. We are not informed (and if we are we are given 1/2 days notice) of upcoming projects or class events. I will definately be removing my daughter from this school at the end of the year. I drive over 20mins to take her to (what I thought was an A+) school, and I am sadly disappointed.She learned more from a pt nanny that she has in the few months she has attended this school. Thank God structure is shown at home, this school is severely lacking structure!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 02, 2009
i think this school is the best my daughter goes here and she loves i love that its a a+ school

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 05, 2008
im a student that attends gateway charter middle school.this is goind to be my third year in this school im going to the eighth grade.this school is in my opinion average.there is great teachers but all so new teachers that have no clue what there teaching.also the policys we have in our school are also taken 2 an extreme at times.instead of wasting so much time on our shirts being tucked in you should check on those new teachers your hireing.at times i feel like im teaching my self certain subjects.and also everything is to expensive starting with uniforms,lunch that isnt all that great,and those volenteer hours.

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 12, 2008
My child has gone through elementary and is now in the middle school. I am extremely happy with this school. Whenever my child needed help her teachers always helped. If she was bullied and told the teacher they always helped. She has been a honor roll student every year since attending this school. Her FCAT scores are through the roof. I love this school and would recommend it to any one.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2007
This school is to easy for my child. There is no challenge for her. Moving here recently from an excellent school district I am very unhappy. They former VP, now Principal, ignored us when our child was being constantly picked on and hit. When we got to the [former] pricipal she did help us.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 05, 2007
I am a volunteer and I think Gateway is an excellent school. Students are well behaved, respectful and are happy at school. Students are engaged in learning and it is a safe and orderly environment with outstanding parent involvement.

- submitted by a community member

April 10, 2007
Child attended for 3 yrs. Total lack of administrative support. Had meetings with teachers, counselors, and even principle- never got any help. Asked to have child tested--Over the period of one yr-Lost paper work,didn't have right paperwork, found paper work, didn't send paperwork,didn't keep copy of paperwork. If they were under different leadership things may change. Too bad for all of those kids. Level of academic work- overload on young children- inappropriate work given to all age levels. Child was behind a lot in math after 3yrs. No support for students with academic challenges.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2007
Standards are low. After having attended excellent public schools in NY state, the lack of quality and standards at this school are very obvious.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2006
Better education isnt in any charter school, FYI. You'd think that a charter school sticks by the letters saying how great their staff is and their expierence, all that is lies. My child goes to a charter school where she attends classes that people from public schools in Rhode island would laugh at, I may be wrong, it might just be the charter school my child attends that is completely unprofessional. The new teachers this year got word they'd be teaching there three weeks before school actually started.Bus transpertation hand picked by the principal are irresponsible,I had to drive my child to school for a week cutting back on work because they lost papers from last year varifying that she was on the bus. The uniform violation rules for are hainus.Never again will I enjoy talking about the education this school provides,my child deserved more and hopefully you think the same.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2006
Im not a parent, im a student and I definately loved the 2 years that Ispent in the midde school. The teachers are awesome and kind, and there is no 'popular cliques' here. I've made so many friends and I've learned so much.This school made a huge impact on me and I really loved it alot.

- submitted by a student

June 02, 2006
My children have been going to Gateway Charter Elementary School since the beginning of the 2004 school year. After a trying, upseting year at a local private school, we all welcomed the change of schools, but were still a little guarded. Every school has rough spots to be ironed out and this one is no exception, however my children (now 4th and 3rd graders) are very happy here and have made wonderful friends. Their teachers thus far have been supportive, encouraging, and friendly. While every child certainly has days that they don't enjoy getting up and going to school, I would say that these days are seemingly rare with my children!

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2006
Many people in my neighborhood moved to Gateway Charter School when it first opened up. Three years later, few of them are still there. This is a hit or miss school. If you are very fortunate, you will 'hit' a very high quality teacher. We were there three years and we had one great teacher, one terrible, one poor, one average. Gateway Charter is a business and less experienced teachers are less expensive. In general, as parents, we shouldered a considerable load that belonged to the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 11, 2005
Large range of academic programs, high level of parent involvement. Good range of sports programs and the arts.

- submitted by a parent

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12850 Commonwealth Drive, Fort Myers, FL  33913
(239) 768-5048
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