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14900 Gatewood Dr
Minnetonka, MN 55343

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(952) 988-5250
(952) 988-5276
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June 05, 2015
It used to be 'Great', particularly in the mid-nineties. One reviewer wrote "Having had two children attend in previous years and witnessed the decline in support, I've decided to move my child to a nearby district that has much smaller class size and higher academic outcomes. I wish Gatewood all the best but must do what is best for my child." Copying it saved me the effort of writing it out, it echos our family experience. After the Hopkins 'budget/execution issue', the reduction and elimination of secondary classroom support staff in the lower grades, the elimination of advanced and elective programs, the exodus of students beginning with even Gatewood Teachers' own children, the influx of WMEP transfers to fill in, the achievement gap was narrowed in part by lowering the top students. Advanced students needing additional work were forced/allowed to tutor the lowest students. That is a nice experience for all students involved, but not a substitute for eliminated programs. In our last few years there my youngest children were subjected to stolen lunches, items stolen from desks, and even reverse-racism. When these issues were raised staff protected the WMEP's involved. It's a good thing there are other good school's close by, that also had a variety of student backgrounds, but no such/significant behavioral issues. I had hoped it was improved in the last few years. But today we heard more uncomfortable stories from a current parent.

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May 11, 2015
Wanted to love it because it's our local, assigned school but after one year had an underwhelming experience. Test scores are significantly lower than other schools close by and there is no plan from leadership in place to improve. Seems parent engagement is low as our teacher seemed taken back when we were asking for more info on what was being taught in the classroom in order to reinforce at home. Overall, my child was very happy at school and the environment is one of inclusion, I just wish there was a bigger focus on including parents in the learning experience and a strategy in place for improvement.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2014
Gatewood is a great school from our observation. Our child's kindergarten teacher is excellent and is showing to be very effective.

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May 08, 2014
Gatewood is excellent! Great education, great staff and the diverse community in the school is a representation of the real world that we live in.

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April 01, 2014
Ms. Montgomery is a hands-down 5-star Principal. She deals with any misbehaviors in a direct and timely manner. This school, from my limited observations, enforces their "zero tolerance" for bullying. The teachers are amazing! Each teacher that my daughter has had are all very invested in her learning and are proactive in bringing any concerns to me as her parent. They all seem to know the kids in the school, even if they are not in their particular grade. It feels like the teachers / admin staff are like one big family. The only reason I gave the "Parent Involvement" a 3 rating is because I can view this from two angles... First, does Gatewood work to get parents involved? Then it would be a 5. Second, do I SEE a lot of parent involvement? That is where I give it a 3. While given many opportunities to be involved, it seems like parents are not choosing to get involved. I like the fact that Gatewood is considered an "International Peace Site." Their location is ideal because it's not on a busy roadway but rather tucked in among a beautifully landscaped area with safe play zones and positive security measures. Fabulous school!

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May 25, 2011
While my child has had good teachers while at Gatewood, the lack of leadership at the school leaves a lot to be desired. The rule seems to be talk the talk, but don't walk the walk. The actions by the school don't reflect the words being spoken. We are currently looking to move our child to a different school.

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September 22, 2010
Gatewood is an amazing school with an amazing teaching staff! I wouldn't send my children anywhere else. The curriculum is rigorous, the technology is simply amazing, and the diverse learning environment is a microcosm of society and is exactly what all children need to live and work in our world in the future.

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September 22, 2010
My children absolutely love Gatewood! It is an amazing place with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We love the great curriculum as well as other learning opportunities such as orchestra, band, art, technology and on and on. We have a great PTO which makes many programs possible as well. The leadership is very effective and fair which is important at an elementary school. Thank you Gatewood for providing such a great experience for my family.

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July 20, 2010
My child has had an amazing experience at Gatewood. We are blessed to have found a school with highly qualified, caring teachers. We have been very impressed at the individualized attention each student gets, and the seamless integration of technology into everyday learning.

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July 06, 2010
The school depends on the parent volunteers to provide some of the primary learning objectives. Classroom size is out-of-control reaching beyond 30 and with a high percentage of ESL and SpecED in the classrooms making it even more difficult to manage the classroom. They have good intentions but the administration seems to be lacking leadership to support ALL areas of the academic level. Having had two children attend in previous years and witnessed the decline in support, I've decided to move my child to a nearby district that has much smaller class size and higher academic outcomes. I wish Gatewood all the best but must do what is best for my child.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
The staff at Gatewood is extraordinary. This group is highly experienced, well-trained, and always strives to motivate kids at every level. This is not a school that caters only to the gifted.

- submitted by a community member

May 12, 2010
I enjoy Gatewood Elementary and find it a WONDERFUL place to educate children. We educate the child, as a whole person, rather as just a student. We have high expectations for all of our students. Gatewood will surely meet your needs as a caring, giving and high achieving school.

- submitted by a teacher

April 14, 2010
Same old stuff, year after year. Some teachers are great others are OK. Not much leadership and the administration seems to be lost. All three of my children attended and each child had a different experience. Started out good - currently at good. Tried to move schools but was not able to do so. Class size is large and all the emphisis seems to be on the minority population. Kids in the middle are lost in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2010
We did not have a great experience at Gatewood and we attended for four years. The teachers were okay but nothing stands out that would be fantastic! They did not meet my sons learning goals. They did not help him when he needed it

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June 07, 2009
We have had children at Gatewood for 7 years, and have overall had a very positive experience. Our children vary widely from being solid average students to needing accelerated options. They have different interests, from math and science to the arts. Gatewood has been able to meet their needs while providing a diverse environment where character and respect are emphasized.

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January 07, 2009
We had a so-so experience with Gatewood. There seems to be a lot of children who like to make trouble in this school. Kids get tossed from class to class because the teachers can't control them. Lots of inappropriate behavior that I didn't like my child to witness. As for teachers, we had some good ones but one horrible teacher. We have since moved and put our son in a better school. He is so much happier at the new school. He also seems to be doing even better academically because of less distractions in the class room.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2007
We had an all around bad experience at this school. The teachers did not pay attention to the children leaving school in the afternoons. My son also had lots of problems with bullies and we eventually had to remove him from this school (per his physician's suggestion). We found a much better elementary school in Eden Prairie

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For almost 40 years, Gatewood Elementary has served Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins communities. It has blended a respect for equity with an embrace of the future, academic rigor with a caring heart, and an appreciation of the individual with the warmth of a small school community.


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Gatewood Elementary School
14900 Gatewood Dr, Minnetonka, MN  55343
(952) 988-5250
Last modified Gatewood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gatewood Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top