A school district on the decline. Gateway School District like many places is two schools in one. The top half of students do well but there is a huge drop off for the bottom half in behavior, attitude, and achievement.
We moved here when my son was in middle school. We were new to the country and I was concerned about how he would fit in.Students and teachers alike were very helpful,within a month he made friends and settled down.It did help that he is outgoing and friendly, despite cultural differences he was accepted, which helped his self esteem and built his confidence.There are ample opportunities to excel in both studies and extra-curricular activities, it is up to each child to use them. The teachers and guidance counselors are helpful, you just have to ask for help. We wanted to move him out to a nearby school district for high school which has a better ranking but he refused, and looking back now I am glad he did. He is now in college and doing well. He is happy & well adjusted , we feel that we made the right decision to stay here until he graduated high school. He has developed friendships that will last a lifetime, which in itself is priceless. It is large enough and diverse enough that every child finds their niche here. Thank you Gateway !
I must disagree with the post regarding gifted education; as a former student, I benefitted from MANY opportunities to challenge myself academically- AP classes, honors classes, and gifted program activities. Yes, Gateway certainly prioritizes athletics, but academics are by no means completely falling to the wayside. As a previous poster mentioned, this is public school- there will almost always be fights; there will always be choices to make regarding with whom you surround yourself. I received an excellent education at Gateway that prepared me for both a bachelor's and master's degree, and am proud to call myself a Gateway grad.
I have been in the Gateway school district my whole life and, in my opinion, Gateway truly shines at the high school level. Its public education so there are going to be a few kids who do not care about their future and look for trouble but at Gateway there are not that many. I am part of the gifted education program and the opportunities that are presented to those who take a proactive approach are wonderful. Also the teachers at Gateway care about how effective they are and work hard to help students succeed. I can honestly say that I am proud to say that I am a Gateway student
I have to disagree with parts of the May 5th posting. Yes, there have been girl fights in the cafeteria from time to time. But as far as college credit, AP, honors, and related clubs and activities, you could not possibly have a better school atmosphere. You have to put yourself in the right places and with the right people, just like in the rest of life. This is not a sanitized, Disney-themed place. It is a public school. If you want a place that is completely calm on the surface, just move east where everybody, frankly, is white, but they have huge heroin and other problems b/c with a little more money, kids think they can get away with anything and they try. No place is perfect and Gateway needs to work on the rough culture of some of their kids. But the academics are the real point.
Gateway Elementary through Junior High schools are fine until your kids hit the High School. If you have an academically gifted child, the School district does NOT care about your child. The only thing that GHS is investing its money in these days is athletics. My middle daughter is a sophmore this year and she comes home nearly every day saying that there are student fights in the cafeteria, in the halls, kids getting pushed out of the way from city kids transplanted into Gateway which is where the problems have come from. My oldest graduated in 07 and the school has gone downhill since then. I feel bad for the future students because it is getting dangerous to go to school there. Given a few years it will end up like Penn Hills School district, and that it NOT a compliment!
Kids are very nice in this multicultural school. Teaching staff can be excellent, especially in the more challenging classes. You get what you put into this place, and there is a niche for every student in terms of extracurriculars and course offerings.
Gateway High School has excellent honors and AP opportunities, outstanding teachers, and numerous clubs and sports activities that the students can take advantage of. It can take pride in its excellent community service program, and the diversity helps to reduce cliques and stereotypes and promote a healthy learning environment.
Honestly, from first to sixth grade Gateway was quite enjoyable. However, from seventh until high school, Gateway was a joke. Send your children to a private school. Many of the posts on here state that Gateway only cares about athletics and that is very true. GSHS's teachers are rude and virtually useless - extremely ineffective. The students are also quite immature at Gateway.
Solid high school with a number of excellent, very dedicated teachers. Lots of good, down-to-earth people on all levels (faculty, staff, admininstration, students). Pretty diverse school racially, ethnically, and religiously. Too much attention to athletics, too little to some academic programs and to the upkeep of restroom facilities. Overall, I got a great education there, and I am forever grateful to the teachers and others with whom I interacted.