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Gateway Charter Academy -El

Charter | PK-5 | 441 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

I love this school it is amazing. I have heard this school is wonderful. It is in good condition the teachers are perfect.The lunches ate wonderful!!!!!!!


Posted May 17, 2013

My school is Gateway Charter Academy.. To me the curriculum is excellent and the teachers so far are fantastic. I will continue to let my children attend as long as it stay like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2013

i hate it and my child will not be back hate it hate it hate it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

My son attends Gateway and he's in Pre-K. Overall, I don't like this school one bit. I knew on the first day of school that this was a huge mistake. My husband and I pulled into a parking spot and noticed that they have secretary misspelled on the assigned parking spots for the church. The staff sends home flyers, homework...etc. with grammar and typos regularly. My son was without homework for 2 weeks one time and it was all because the copy machine was broken. That is totally unacceptable to me. I can't wait until this school year is over because we're withdrawing him. I feel that the kids are at a disadvantage there. They are not being taught properly and I'm not standing for it. The straw that broke the camels back was when I attended the first PTO meeting and the PTO staff were asking for a flat screen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

My son has attended Gateway for a year and he loves his teacher. I think it is a good school overall and seems to be making progress to become even better & I love the staff especially the office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

My daughter has been attending GCA since 2nd grade (now in 6th). I believe the school needs to put a little more focus on who they hire, but overall my daughter has done great. She is an A/B student and has had excellent instruction in order to be successful with TAKS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

i really wouldn't recommend letting your kids go to gateway because the students and staff are very disorganized and the classrooms are very small and there is no a/c. i would rather go to a public school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2008

Please do not put your children in this school. They are not concerned with academics. The staff including the principal is very unprofessional and should not be allowed to educate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

I think that Gateway Charter Academy is an excellent school academically, sports wise, and staff is very supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2006

I think Gateway is a great school. The curriculum is great and I can always talk to teachers and the principal. This is my son first year and he loves the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2006

I placed my son here for Pre-K and i was very displeased with the school. Their are two many children in one classroom. I think they need to add some more Pre-K teachers to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

As a parent, I would not recommend anyone to send their child(ren) to Gateway Charter. It is very unorganized and the administration is horrible! The students do not seem to have interest in any of the academics and the parent involvement is extremely low. The parent's are not at all encouraged or motivated to participate in their child's academic success by the administration. The rooms are too small and crowded for the number of students and this causes both students and teachers to be in an uncomfortable environment. The principal is awful, he does not demonstrate the compassion or patience of a good leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2006

The elementary level is great! My child has improved his reading and math skills drasticaly in Ms. Crews' class. Thanks Gateway!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted July 18, 2005

This school has great teachers and administration and will provide A+ quality education in the future when it gets a library, and more organization. It is a small scenary and very personable. It could use expanded space and more funding so that they kids could be offered additional opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2004

My daughtet goes to this school and was already very smart and they have just made her even smarter I really appreciate and give thanks to her teachers for doing such a good job with her and the faculty and staff for keeping her safe while she is there and looking foward to my other children going as well. Willetta Gray
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

This school needs to be checked out. My child had attended that school and I never seen so much mess in my life. Don't let this school fool you at all. They are nice and understanding at the beginning but let the table turn and they will give you the run around. I know for a fact if something [is] going up there that parents need to check out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2004

I love this school. I have 2 sons that attend GCA ,one of them has a learning disablity. GCA has on hand the best teacher to handle any type of student you have. The staff is helpful and caring. The classes are smaller, which means there is more on hands time that the techer can spend with her students. Bigger is not always better. Next year I have all my childrean at Gateway. Go Gateway Gators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

My children have been going to Gateway Charter Academy since it opened. I have to say that I have seen an improvement in their academic skills and their willingness to learn ever since they started there. As a parent, I stay involved in my kid s education. Therefore, I can honestly say that the staff members at Gateway Charter Academy are 'Top Notch!' The Classrooms are not too big, so the teachers can personalize their teaching methods. The school is improving in extra curricular activities, although they remain focused on what's important... academics. I have two kids attending there. One is in the 8th grade and the other s in the 5th grade. I have one more child who will be attending there next year as a kindergartener.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

My son went to Gateway for his second grade year. It was so bad he had to repaet the second grade again this year. The teacher he had seemed unconcerned and seemed to have an attitude with the kids and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2004

Gateway is a great school. The teachers and staff are friendly and I am able to talk to administrators,most time without an appointment. My two children are happy to go to school and they are learning. Last, I love the small ratio of students in the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

60 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

61 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female97%
Male88%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female66%
Male73%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant69%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Female73%
Male88%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students62%
Female45%
Male78%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Female86%
Male82%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female50%
Male63%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students48%
Female46%
Male50%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant48%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Female63%
Male76%
Black or African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students24%
Female15%
Male32%
Black or African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special educationn/a
Not special education23%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant24%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted21%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female85%
Male67%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Female63%
Male62%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students58%
Female56%
Male62%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted58%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female52%
Male67%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hispanic 1% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
White N/A 29%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 13%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • (214) 375-1842

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6103 University Hills Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75241
Phone: (214) 375-2039

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