My Grandson attended the Kindergarten program this year and I was truly impressed and he loves it. He will be attending 1st Grade in the fall. He attends GSA off of Smiley Ave.
We pulled our children out if a great Catholic school, like many other friends we know. The school promised so many things in early town hall meetings. The first year was not too bad, but the next two years were horrible. The constant switching of principals, high turn over rate of teachers and a Dean of Students who is a bully. There were also teachers leaving who made some serious claims, of some highly illegal activity going on in the school. The focus is more about test scores and funding than anything else. We took our children out of the school after the third year. We have since tried to place them back in a Catholic school and were not successful. Our children had extensive entry tests at the Catholic school and we were told they are about two years behind. The principal at the Catholic school explained to me, that this is common in Charter schools. They focus on tests scores, but they don't teach the children how to get there. We were forced to homeschool and pay for private tutors to get our kids caught up. If you are considering this school or are there now, think about this if you were dealing with this before college!
My Daughter has been at GSA for 3years now and we love it . . The teachers are amazing and work with parents to help the children succeed. They offer tutoring after school for free and it is facilitated by the classroom teacher. There are several activities and opportunities for parents to get involved. The curriculum is challenging and instills a strong work ethic in their students. So far we couldnt be happier. We have loved all 3 teachers we have had and my child has learned so much . We did have a new Principal this year and he is ok. He changed a few things that i dont beilive needed to be changed. They do need to quit worrying so much about the kids wearing belts and having there shirts tucked in . But other then that a great school... We are here for the long haul and I plan on sending my youngest when she starts school .
The K-5 on Smiley is a very decent school. More communication would be helpful. That being said the Middle/High school building is horrific! The environment is not what I would consider a safe place for my child. She will not be returning next year. The administration (principal, dean of students) is a joke! They do absolutely nothing to garner the respect of the students or parents. They said a few years ago that there was a zero tolerance on bullying. Don't know where that went to. The kids know that the rules are joke and are rarely enforced so they act accordingly. I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone.
This school has had 3 principals in 4 years. The new principal is horrible at communicating major decisions to families and he listens to complaints but does nothing to alter the decisions he feels are best (despite numerous complaints from parents). All they care about are test results. There is no regard for the social and emotional well-being of the students. There is high turn over of teacher and staff, which is chaotic for everyone. We will not be returning next year because the student-teacher ratio is going up dramatically due to combination of classes. The administration does not work with parents, they dictate and we are told to follow. That's not the kind of environment I want my child in every day. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
My two children have attended GSA for a few years now and we absolutely LOVE it. The teachers are amazing and work with parents to help the children succeed. They offer tutoring after school for free and it is facilitated by the classroom teacher. There are several activities and opportunities for parents to get involved. The curriculum is challenging and instills a strong work ethic in their students. My children originally attended a private school and they did not receive the attention and support that they now have at GSA.
"Wow". I really have never seen this type of school in my life. This school does an unsatisfactory job of teaching students what they need to know. There is no teacher talking to a single student they will always be talking to a class. By that I mean there are too many students, and in classes there is no time for one student to ask questions or get involved. I am also very surprised that there is a character education class; teach you about how to be empathetic and act around others. They are almost trying to assume that all of the students will be rude and disrespectful to others. There is also no trust between students and some teachers this is one of the biggest things I feel; without trust how a nice environment could be formed. This school is not horrific there are some good people who do well, and have an understanding of sympathy.
Gateway Science Academy is a great school. Everyone is active and participates in the school projects and activities. Constant field trips, constant testing of the kids, and teacher involvement. All the 5th grade teachers visited our home to check in. They do this with all the kids. They want to know the child's environment, where they live, etc. My kids actually enjoy heading to school each day. I live in the city and I didn't want to move when they started school. This school is, hands down, the best in the city.
GSAS is the best! My son loves his teachers and I could not be happier with his grades. The staff is supportive and nice. I think it makes a huge difference when the parents play a role in the success of their children and the school.
We love Gateway Science Academy! My kids came from a Christian school a year and a half ago where we had bullying problems in Kindergarten and my kids were struggling to read. Since my kids have been at GSA their reading level which was below their grade levels has soared above and beyond where they need to be. They have made many new friends, we love the teachers, who respond to quickly to letters emails and phone calls if we need anything and the gsa community of parents are wonderful! We love the athletic program and after school activities. There have been a few things the school can do better but they are a new school and will continue to get better as the school grows. I also enrolled my teenager at the high school this year. He struggles with certain issues and the teachers and staff were very quick to support him and myself.
This school started out with high hopes. Since its inception we have seen a huge turnover of teachers, principals etc. Bullying,drug issues etc. Parents are the last to know about most things unless they want to collect money for something. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Many issues ongoing at Middle and High School also.
I have two children attending GSA and they both love it. As a parent, this school goes above and beyond my expectations. The city left us no choice with their current academic situation. We attended St.James for two years and very unhappy with the administrative staff and the teaching staff, especially in kindergarten. The community GSA promotes is second to none. My children are excelling at an enormous pace. All the teachers know my children's names. They encourage sports with their athletic department and have free clubs for after school that are free. The staff is unbelievable and utilize excellent strategies for teaching. These teachers truly care for their students. My kids visit their old teachers and give hugs to them after school. I have not one complaint....thank you GSA for providing to my children what every child deserves and that the City of St. Louis cannot seem to provide.
Consider other schools although best for the area. 3rd principle in 3years...no one on one...3rd grade teachers have HORRIBLE attitudes and personalities. Nothing good to say
We joined this school in its first year my child was a student at this school when it was Epiphany and we were going to transfer to St Raphial . After attending a meeting that they had before the school opened we saw what there mission and the curriculum was my child's grades have dramatically improved test scores have come up . I am very impressed with the amount of money that is spent to see that the students have top quality on every thing they need are use if i had any more kids in school this is were they would be I had ask a teacher that I know who was a principle at another school and she said the only thing bad that she had to say is they would not hire her because her education was not up to there standards . they are sponsored by Linden Wood University and they have professors on sight on a regular basis to make sure they are teaching up to the standards that are set
The school is K-10 now in 3 locations. Gateway Science Academy Elementary 6576 Smiley Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63139 Tel: 314-932-7513 Fax: 314-932-7514 firstname.lastname@example.org Gateway Science Academy Middle&High 5049 Fyler Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63139 Tel: 314-261-4361 Fax: 314-261-4364 Gateway Science Academy South 6651 Gravois Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63116 Tel: 314-669-9000 Fax: 314-66-999-44 email@example.com
We LOVE GSA! This is our second year there and we could not be happier with the school and all the quality of the teachers. We love that the school has a full science, PE, computer, music and art program. Our first and second grade teachers have been outstanding. The school community was very welcoming to our family.
This is a great school i recently moved to the city and STLP schools just would not do. I found this school on the web and my first grader loves it. They have a lot of extra activities. Oh and the After School Care is wonderful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this school
I am a parent of 3 older students at GSA and they absolutely love going to school now. When they have breaks they can't wait to go back. The teachers are excellent and the curriculum is chanllenging. They like learning more now than ever. The school also has a good discipline program and does not allow students to attend that are a problem. They work to fix the problem and if the parents and student do not cooperate, then the student is dismissed. Another great thing about the school is that it is a neighborhood school so the parents are involved. When the parents are involved it sure makes a difference. I can't say enough great things about this school. We are truely lucky to have it.
very impressed! this was our first year NOT homeschooling and the kids LOVE it! They can't wait to go to school each morning. Teachers are awesome!
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