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K-12
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Georgetown, TX
Students enrolled: 625
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3360 Westinghouse Road
Georgetown, TX 76626

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(512) 868-4947
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October 17, 2014
We like the small school atmosphere. Our child is happy, we love the after school activities and electives and the academic program works for us. No school is perfect - there are lots of issues out there. Gateway fits for our family.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2014
When I first enrolled my kids into Gateway, I thought it would be a great school. At the gator bites meeting they held, they made the school seem perfect. Trust me when I say, it is no where near perfect. My first complaint was that most of the teachers simply do not teach. I have actually been told this by a teacher herself! Gateway looks like heaven until you get here, which is all that the admin care about. I have heard from my kids, teachers and other parents that teachers just sit at their desks all day and expect the kids to look at the resources, learn it and actually do it all without any guidance. No school aged child is going to use their time that wisely without any structure. So kids sit around and play games in the classrooms half the time. I'm just not okay with that. My second complaint was the drama. I have a 10th grader and never in my life had I heard her complain about drama until she got here. Already this year there have been multiple kids suspended for HORRIBLE things that I won't name. The size of the school just makes the drama worse. Everyone and their mothers are involved in it and there's just no way to get around it.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2014
Piem coordinator used her position in the school to deny parental rights. We are currently in the process of filing a grievance. There has been no outreach by the school to resolve this issue.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
I've heard of tons of kids that have been at this school and transferred out, and I don't blame them at all. This is not a worthwhile school at all, no matter how great they claim themselves to be. My child was there for 2 years and my close niece was there for 1, and it was constant aggravations at one thing or another. The teachers hardly teach anything, the kids play online all the time, and they watch an entire movie for fun every Friday in elementary school! Field trips are a joke - they go out all the time, and expect parents to pay for them, and at least a couple of the field trips each year are to play parks or movie theatres. A parent-friend said it best.... "this school is okay for kids who are completely average, but it's not a good place for anyone who is accelerated or has special needs." The school does absolutely NOTHING to help ANYONE with any kind of special needs or who is behind, and doesn't follow through with the programs it sets up for accelerated kids. At the beginning of the year, they talked about a sort-of honors program, but quit it about halfway through the year. Basically, never trust anything they say, and send your kid somewhere else for the best.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
I love Gateway. I am a parent of a child who hated school till he went to Gateway. He loves school now and is progressing nicely. I am not a Teacher or and Administrator at Gateway, so for those that say that the school comments good to every bad is not true. I have never donate any money to the school because we are not in a place that we can right now, but i feel like my kid gets the same education as everyone there. This school is a good school and maybe there test scores have been a lower than most would like, but remember they get kids based on a lottery system and that will likely pull scores down some. My kids has been at this school for 2 years and I would never even think of changing him. Thank you Gateway for helping me to educate and raise a great young man. I appreciate it more that work can say.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2014
This school is a mess! When I enrolled my child into the elementary school he had already been identified as Gifted/Talented from RRISD. We believed the sales pitch they spewed and decided to give it a try. They made it sound like they knew how to differentiate education- yeah right! When I finally pulled my child out mid year and reentered him back into RRISD he was SERIOUSLY behind the other students- And this is an id'd G/T student. We managed to get him caught up, but I shudder to think where he would be academically if we had let him finish the year out!! BTW if you notice, all the 4/5 star comments are immediately following negative "true" parent comments. Gateway might be able to bury those negative comments by posting a bunch of fake comments after each bad review, but the dates speak for themselves. Kinda weird that following a negative comment there are 3-4 good ones following it but they were ALL posted on the same day. Hmmmmmm, sounds as fishy as this school is!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
My child has been at Gateway for three years now. The school has come a long way from three years ago but still have a long way to go before I think it achieves the high-standards that they market to the out-side world. The school still suffers from signficant turn-over problems, "lazy teaching methods"..ie...too much on-line work and not enough actual teaching and mentoring. There still is not enough transparency. We really never know what is going on in the leaders head or what their educational plans really are...and they NEVER, EVER ask us (parents) how they are doing. Also. They encourage a $1200/per month/per student contribution but we get no influence at all in their decisions. Really ? Also needs to do better on STAR tests. Orenda board. Wake up !

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
We could not be happier. Our boys have been at Gateway for three years now and are flourishing. One of my son's teachers stated this is the first time in 12 years I feel like am teaching. I believe that is the common sentiment as they develop and manage their curriculum. Is it perfect? No. There are growing pains as we expected. It is a charter school that has to supplement with donations and that is fine with us. It is a private school atmosphere partially funded by the public. We look forward to the future as the school gets better every year. If you are complaining about this school you won't be happy anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Great salespeople, not so great educators. We bought the gator bites sales pitch and just feel so duped. This school constantly leaves me saying, "what a disorganized mess." There's just not much going on here. There is very little communication, no one seems very inspired, and teachers/admin are leaving. There are some great ones but I'd be surprised if they stuck around. After leaving, we found that our high schooler was far behind academically in a couple of subjects despite being ahead when we first enrolled. If you are close by and want something similar to other public schools but smaller, this might be the place for you, although you have to be ok with the disorganization. We pretty much want the usual stuff for our kids--kindness, respect, and a challenging, meaningful education. We couldn't get that at Gateway but we have found it elsewhere so definitely keep looking if you're with us on that!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
My son has attended Gateway for 3 years now. While not 100 percent sold in the beginning I think it is a good fit for him. They had some growing pains the first year that they had middle school but it has improved 100 percent. I think the teachers are great and are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
I am sorry to read of the prior reviewer's disappointment. Regarding recently posted graduation data, where is this data posted? Was the Tech campus (separate school) included? Sports are ABSOLUTELY affordable. We have paid far less for sports at Gateway than we have paid at any other school and received far more in terms of uniforms, coaching, facilities, UIL level competition, etc. We have had several children at Gateway for the last several years, and prior to Gateway they attended another charter school and a private school locally. We have found the teachers, coaches and administration at Gateway far more caring and involved. Our children have had far more opportunities here to "shine" academically and in extra-curricular activities. My children are older and have received numerous college acceptances, as well as generous academic and athletic scholarship offers. The school is not perfect, no school is. To the previous reviewer, your experience is what YOU make of it. You can take advantage of the opportunities offered to you, or not. After reading your review, I doubt if you'll see opportunities elsewhere either.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
It's not easy but there is so much support at Gateway to help kids who want an advanced education. The teachers are nothing but incredible, they WANT to be there. No teacher contracts and there is an unspoken high bar the staff wants our kids to meet. Taking the STARR benchmark test was a breeze for my kids. Why? Because it's over material they have already learned and moved on from. No place is perfect but at Gateway situations are managed immediately, no tolerence is not just a couple of words. We feel blessed to be part of this growing school that deives excellence.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
My son attends Gateway and loves it! The teachers and staff are very attentive. They are all very involved. We love the fact they are a 'bring your own device' school, leaving all those heavy books on shelves. Email, facebook, Moodle, face to face, anyway you want to communicate they're open to it. He also attends afterschool care which is cost effective and fun. There are lots of options for extra curricular activities and clubs. The campus is in a rural setting (unlike most charter schools which are in strip centers or office complexes); we thoroughly enjoy the drive, the beauty and the new, upcoming campus. They are a charter school, so kinda public but operate more like private. K-12, 100 kids max per grade level (4 classes per grade, 1000 student in the school) & both my kids can attend the same campus together. I would recommend Gateway to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
My kids have been going to Gateway for three years now. It's been an adjustment for the whole family. There have been ups and downs and there were times I considered moving them back to regular public school. I think the biggest testimony to the school is that my kids actually love it. They are challenged to be the best they can be and they are constantly rising to that challenge and asking what's next. I am extremely happy with where Gateway is currently and I look forward to seeing where they go over the next few years.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Gateway has been a trajectory changing experience for my children. I am thrilled with the technology based learning and the ability for the teachers to creatively challenge the students according to their unique needs

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Gateway is a wonderful school! My 3rd grade daughter has been going there since she began 1st grade, and now my son is in Kindergarten there. We absolutely love the teachers and staff. My kindergartener is already doing more than my daughter did in a public school when she was in Kindergarten. The classes are smaller, and the teachers have so much more freedom to teach than at a public school. We will be at Gateway until both of my children graduate!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
I am very pleased with Gateway College Prep! Both of my children receive individualized attention and are challenged academically. Truly, a great opportunity to prepare my children for their future college experiences!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Great school, so happy to have my kids there. Love the freedom the teachers have. The level of education is superior.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
This is our second year at Gateway CPS. All three of our children attend school here now. We were looking for an alternate solution for our kids education that would provide them a better education than what they were getting through RRISD and provide them a safe, constructive environment to go to everyday. Gateway CPS has far exceeded our expectations! We have seen our children grow so much more educationally than we ever did through RRISD schools. We fully support Gateway CPS and look forward to the coming growth of the school and watching our children and others succeed there!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2013
Most misleading name for a school I have ever known. If it is such a great college prep school, then why aren't their AP and SAT scores better. Has one of the worst facilities I have ever seen for a school. If it is so great, why are kids leaving to go back to ISD schools. The only kids that can handle this schools are the one 's their parents let play games in their room all the time. What a depressing mess.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
My child has been at Gateway for 5th grade and 6th grade and I have never felt like Gateway hasn't had an open door policy. When issues have arisen I spoke to the proper administrator and the concern was handled immediately. My child does not "teach" himself and he certainly does not have failing grades. In fact he has very high averages in every class. His science teacher and his math teacher have been extraordinary and have given him very good if not the best education he has ever had. He is extremely advanced compared to his peers so I'm not really sure what "teach themselves and taking a class online" means. My child has never taken a class online. Hmm. I know we all have our own opinion, but maybe we should address it with the administrators before going off on some public site and giving people the wrong impression. If one is not happy with the school, withdrawal is always an option. Just saying!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
If you are interested in coming to Gateway, just ask around and talk to people who have their children there. It isa great school! I feel fortunate to have my children there. I also like the GISD schools we are zoned to, but we wanted something smaller that still provided a great learning experience and opportunities for our kids. That is what we got with Gateway. I have 2 kids in elementary and 1 in intermediate. The teachers are amazing! The administrators are proactive. The founder does have a business background and because of that he was able to take an idea and bring it to life. Gateway prepares your kid for college by utilizing technology, but they do not have the kids do online, self-taught classes. That is false. The teachers and the teaching are a big part of what makes GW so special. I liked that the high school kids were brought over work with the elementary kids one day. It is good for both the older and younger ones to interact and there is nothing wrong with doing something fun at school. There are less than 2 weeks of school left so give me a break! Gateway is not for everyone, but it is great for my family and hundreds of others!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
My second grader came home today to say that the high schoolers were there to show them about MindCraft. Really??? they had it up on the screen and after they got to watch a "mind craft" movie! What in the world is the school coming to? that is disgraceful and beyond breaking the academic codes. High schoolers should NOT be in the same place during school hours as elementary children. And I have seen them in the playground same time as my elementary child. I heard some of the most graphic sexual conversation between the high schools students while the elementary kids played. I have seen my child walk across to the upper grade portables. The middle school/high school teach themselves on their own, like taking a class online. The school has low grades and according to people in there, about half of middle school and high school seem to have very low grades or failing. I can do college prep at home for my kids for all that matter, I can tell them to google everything and watch youtube videos and then can teach themselves. Parents seem to see what they want to see and not the reality of things. Very sad and scary to think they are brainwashed. Avoid the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Founder of school has a business background, not education, that should be a very BIG read flag! Obviously from the top of the chain we see the main interest is money. School doesn't have an open door policy. They do not return phone calls and very unorganized. Teachers are let to do what they want, no one to really sit down and have meetings there with them, to check on them and THEIR performance. I do admit, my child had the BEST teacher and I even gave her/him an application to apply at another school because I really think this particular teacher is gold and doesn't belong there. All teachers wear different hats, so no one teacher can focus on teacher that one subject. It's like the Tax Preparation commercial "during tax season I'm a tax expert, but now I'm a expert plumber." Some teacher give everything they got but the school doesn't deserve them. The school is a business and they use your child as bait.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
To the parent who felt the need to say that the children at Gateway are very "different"...get off your horse! My kid can hold a candle to yours any day of the week. If you aren't happy, good, I'm glad you and your children are gone. Everybody likes to think that they're kids are so special and are angels, but that is not the case. This school has excellent teachers who do not teach to the test. They actually try to educate the kids. Let's get a few facts out the door - online instruction has NOT replaced classroom instruction. My daughter has pen and paper assignments and teacher interaction every day. Since it is the 21st century, the school is considering using online as a medium for homework assignments. What's so wrong with that? My job is trying to go paperless as well. What's the big deal? My daughter actually finds the online homework very motivating. The gym was constructed to ease the reliance on the private Triple Play sports complex, NOT because sports matters over academics. People really like to spew out a lot of half truths and fallacies here. I'm a real person leaving a real review too!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
Gateway College Prep relies on the word college prep because of their teaching style, which is a self taught online type of teaching. As far as the academics go, they are at or below an average class at the public school. When my student transferred to public school, they were about two chapters behind the local ISD in several subjects. Gateway originally had good intentions of being a college prep school, however they quickly discovered that in Texas, the money is in SPORTS. Hence the multiple days of Cohorts so students can complete their work during school hours and be able to play sports after school and on weekends. That is also why the first permanent building completed was the gym and why the baseball field looks more well maintained than the main grounds where ALL the students walk not just the athletes. The restrooms in the building DO smell horribly unsanitary. As far as return calls or follow up to questions/issues, the Principal and Superintendent are horrible at return calls and feedback. I truly feel that the school had great intentions when they originally chartered as a College Prep School but they fell into the black abyss of Texas Sports rule who Texas is!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
This is the first year for my son to attend this school. He was home-schooled previously, so I was against putting him in an ISD school. Therefore I chose to put him in Gateway due to the outstanding reputation it had amongst other parents I've met. I have been more than impressed with the administration staff, teachers, and principals. This school has been great for my son and has continued to challenge him on all levels from team building, following rules, being held accountable for his actions, and most importantly to his academics. I love that the teachers offer one-on-one time before, during, and after school to ensure my son is successful. My son absolutely loves that teachers and staff which is a huge deal to me. He feels very comfortable at this school. The communication has been fantastic with the teachers on anything from concerns to achievements. I voluntarily donate $100/per month, but have NEVER been asked to do so. This is a small contribution for a school that operates just like an expensive private school. I would love to see my son graduate from Gateway College Prep!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
Our daughter is on her second year at Gateway. We have only had positive experiences associated with the school and the staff. We came from a school district where there was constant negativity and a lot of disorganization. It felt like the teachers were doing the bare minimum to get by. Being at Gateway has been a completely different experience. There is a feeling that the number one priority of teachers and staff is for the students to learn and excel. Their test scores reflect that. But there is also a family feeling with the school. A lot of parents volunteer and are part of the school. We are constantly updated on upcoming events and any news about the school thru Facebook, e-mail and even regular mail. We have never been pressured to donate. We do donate only because we know it is for the future of the school. We plan on keeping our daughter there until she graduates from high school. We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
My son attends Gateway. This school has a lot of great features. Academics are excellent, an athletic program not always found in Charter Schools and the whole thing is held together by great teachers and coaches. The teachers are encouraged to be creative and the atmosphere is not " Stuffy or Stuck-up". They seem to adjusting to rapid growth. 0-820 in 4 years. All I know is my son's attitude and grades are the best he has ever had.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
Gateway has been a blessing to my family. We were unhappy with the size and influences at the large elementary my children were attending. I was so thankful to have found this school. It has a family atmosphere due to the small size. The education my children have received is excellent, and the teachers/admistrators are very approchable.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I'm not sure what the negative reviewers are talking about, we have had nothing but good things to say about Gateway! My daughter was struggling at her old IB school, but has excelled at Gateway. The teachers are top notch, no "duds" that you get stuck with in public schools, they are the cream of the crop. I love the smaller class sizes and the "team" teaching approach, the other teachers know my child as well as her own teacher. There is just no pleasing some people. I think the administration bends over backward to accomodate all kinds of students, with their different issues and learning styles. The teachers are creative, fun and entertaining in their approach to learning. PTO seems friendly and open, and not nearly so clique-ish as I've seen. Yes, the facilities are a bit rough, but they are making the best of the situation, and I would much rather have A+ teachers than a shiny new school with substandard teachers that are under contract and the ISD can't get rid of. Gateway teachers really go out of their way to reach every child, kudo's to them!!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
As far as the negative reviews, there is just no pleasing some people. I really cannot see anyone getting lost at Gateway, and I have NEVER been pressured to donate. My kid is getting a private school education, I am thrilled to pay $200 a month for. Smaller classes, top notch teachers, yes, the facilities leave alot to be desired, but I would much rather have A+ teachers than a bright shiny new school with substandard teachers the district is stuck with until their contract runs out. My daughter was struggling at an exemplary ISD school, and has thrived here. I have always found adminstration friendly and open to suggestion, and feeling that they really consider my suggestions. Everyone seems to work really hard to accomodate all different kinds of kids and learning styles. Teachers are fun, creative, and entertaining in their teaching approach. Any gripes I have are facility related, and that is temporary. There's a reason there is a waiting list to get in, I think Gateway is first rate in everywhere that counts!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Communication is a HUGE HUGE problem. While funding is important, a child is also important and should not be "lost at school". The others with Orenda Education are good at communication, but not those I have dealt with actually onsite @ Gateway College Prep. Safety protocols are an issue as well. Small class size is great. It may be said they want parent input, but quite honestly those I have dealt with will only do what THEY want and that is how it is because there are others on waiting lists to get in that will provide $$$. Will be pulling students out if communication and answers are not given to legitimate concerns. I WANT to love this school and not give up. Hoping and praying for a breakthrough!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
I have no idea what school the negative reviewers are talking about. I have had nothing but good experiences here. The teachers get to know the kids and actually teach. My son learns a lot and has fun. All of the staff members are accessible and communicate. Yes-it is a new school and there are obvious growing pains, but as a parent it refreshing to be welcome at the school and to have my ideas listened to. There is no shortage of ways to be involved, and the school has grown by word of mouth and family/friend referrals. The upper grades are challenging--but it is a college prep school, and students are supported. Gateway does not have everything that all of the big 5a high schools have--but the most important factors in picking a school should be the academic program, school culture, and the teachers. Gateway excels in all three.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
This is my son's first year at Gateway. He is in elementary. I have been very pleased with the education at Gateway. My son is taught on his level and pushed to excel by his teacher. His teacher is amazing! She communicates with us on a regular basis. The school feels like a tight knit community and there is a huge amount of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Gateway CPS is a different approach to learning, leading and structure in the educational environment. I have been in education for 20 years and the is the first time that I have ever been at a school where the rules can truly be enforced and students with improper behavior or inappropriate actions can actually be removed from the school setting and no longer have an impact on MY child's learning. Yes, it is web based... Yes, it is challenging... Yes, the expectations for parents and students alike, are high. Teachers do care, students do learn, and instructional strategies and practices are evident daily. It is not the place for students who were disruptive at their "previous school", it is not the place for students who are not invested in their own learning and parents who are not readily engaging in their child's daily life, homework and lessons. It IS a new way of thinking, and a new approach to guiding and facilitating students, rather than lecturing & direct teaching. I have read the negative reviews/comments and the qualms and concerns are often from parents who complain about communication when the Moodle page provides most answers, emails & upcoming events and grades. A+

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
This is the most unprofessional school I have ever put my kids in. All they care about is money! My 9th grader often says "we teach ourselves." It was a huge mistake to put my kids in this school. They don't care about the students or teaching anything. The principle will not listen to your problems. He just sits there nodding his head and coming up with excuses for the problems. Don't go to this school if you care about your child's future because they will have no future doing anything with this school!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2012
This school is a terrible school. I will never send my child here ever again. This school had way too much freedom and not enough learning. All you see is children running around everywhere and not learning. My child before she came here, was a straight A student and now is failing some of her classes because she learned nothing from this school. The teachers here are terrible and don't teach. The teachers don't care where the heck they go during the day.. Some high school students have reportedly been banned from the school because of inappropriate activity. The principal doesn't care about anything that goes on either. I have personally met with the principal many different time and he doesn't focus on your needs. He just nods his head and makes up excuses. The school really only focus' on the elementary children because they are the future of their school they don't focus on the 6-12th grades. I feel bad for anyone that is going here.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
I have 3 children in Elementary at Gateway and have had a wonderful experience. We are excited to return for a 2nd year and to begin middle school too. The teachers are EXCELLENT! The leadership is responsive and creative. My kids are challenged academically and enjoy going to school. It is a school filled with families looking for something different or perhaps better for their children and Gateway delivers.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
This school is amazing! It's a hidden gem! Trust me. We have been in other schools and they do not compare. The teachers & administration at Gateway really do care & everyone is there because they want to be, not because that is just the school that they ended up in....Finally, a school the way it should be! Thank you Gateway! This school is such a blessing and the parents, teachers, pto and administration all help to make this school irreplaceable!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2011
We have our son in Gateway and we are very pleased. My spouse and I have doctorates in Educational Psychology and we believe that Gateway is an example of a school that is doing everything right. The teachers and administration are excellent and really care about the children. Communication between teacher and parent is constant. They care that my son is learning. The curriculum is challenging. Students are expected to really work hard and stretch themselves. The availability of the AP/IB programs is wonderful. We feel so fortunate to be a part of the Gateway family. For the parent who complained about the facilities, disorganization and donation, I'd like to offer another way of looking at it the situation. Sure, the facilities are temporary and rough right now. Eventually they well be top-notch. It takes time to build infrastructure. The school is brand new and some disorganization is to be expected. They are getting it together very quickly starting at the classroom level. And donating $100 a month is nothing compared to paying private school tuition. My child is getting a far better education at Gateway. THIS will be the school to watch.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2011
No Gateway doesn't have the best facilities so if that is more important then education this is not the school for you. We've had kids in the ISD for 7 years now and Gateway is a breath of fresh air. We now have 3 kids there (7th, 5th, and 1st grades). The teaching style is different (I.B.C.). They don't teach to a test (STAR). This is beyond AP classes. They have flexibility the ISD's don't have which allows them to do things differently. My 7th grader made an Atlatl as part of a history project. That was really cool. Btw, they do a lot of projects and have demanding classes so beware, your kids are going to get a really good eductation. Not all of them can handle the work load and they will need a lot more parent surpport then at the ISD's. Yes there is some turnover, but just as this school is not for every student and its not for every teacher either. Gateway is not a cookie cutter school like the ISD's I LOVE this school! If you want the best education, this is it in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
Our daughter started at a different school last year (one that is part of the Georgetown ISD), and she was miserable. When we learned last year that Gateway was going to expand to K-12 for the 2011-2012 school year, we immediately entered her in the 1st grade "lottery" for a spot at Gateway for this year, and we were fortunate enough to get picked. And really, it's a night and day difference - we couldn't possibly be happier. Or daughter loves to go to school, she's in a great mood when she gets home, she making great progress academically and socially, she loves her teachers and classmates. There are a lot of reasons why Gateway is working out so well for us (and many others), but in my opinion, all of those reasons trace back to one thing: EVERYONE at Gateway - administrators, teachers, students, parents. etc. - are there because they WANT to be. Nobody just "ends up" here, as is so often the case in the public school system - EVERY person here had to go out of their way to try and "get in". That's huge - because in that environment, you find yourself surrounded by people who want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I could go on, but I'm out of room. :)

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
Our family love this school!!! My son is in 6th grade and is doing great. The teachers really care!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
I have a child that attends Gateway and it has been such a blessing to have her there. Are they having some "growing pains" and come across a bit disorganized at times for it? Yes. But I haven't met a teacher or administrator there who doesn't bend over backwards to answer questions or help me or my child when we need it. As far as the facility goes, it would be nice if they had the new school built, but it was circumstances beyond their control, not money, that kept them from building on the land they had intended to use, from my understanding. I'm much more concerned with the quality of my daughter's education than the building she's receiving it in, personally. She works hard to maintain her A's and B's, but she knows she's on a path to higher education because they help them see the BIG PICTURE. I love that it is small, and that the teachers are not so overwhelmed with the sheer numbers in each class like the other middle schools in the area. Personally, I think it's the best kept secret in Georgetown!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
I have 2 students at Gateway this year and they both LOVE IT! Yes, the program IS challenging but it IS a College Prep School. Many students have left because they can't handle the workload. My children have approximately 1 hour of homework each night and make all A's and B's. Yes, they are a bit disorganized but this is only their 2nd year and they are growing at a VERY fast pace. The teachers and staff are all wonderful and there are plenty of opportunities for tutoring and help if the child needs it. I LOVE that they don't put up with "riff-raff". If a student is caught with drugs, they are outta there. Caught fighting = outta there. Can't keep up with the work load = outta there. The environment is excellent and I feel good about sending my children there everyday. Yes, they do ask for $1200 per family per school year but keep in mind that as a public charter school Gateway receives $1,200 less per student in funding than local public school districts because charter schools are not allowed to tap into the local tax base to generate tax revenue to build facilities. It's so worth it and I'm so glad I have the choice to send my children to an awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
High staff turnover, very disorganized. My kids spent the entire first day of school waiting for a schedule, even though we chose their classes online a month before. When they finally got their schedules, they had been put in the wrong classes and spent another day waiting to get their classes switched. Then the office decided that the students would just have to take the classes they got. We were told that they had to have a gym uniform, which cost $20, but they have never had an opportunity to wear them (no gymnasium or locker rooms). They promised a brand new building for next year (even told us where it would be located) and then turned around and told the parents that they can't build the new facility until the parents donate money. They expect each family to contribute about $1200 each year. I don't think they have even purchased the land where the supposed new facility will be yet. Often when you call there, you get voicemail and no one bothers to call you back. My husband and I left 3 voicemails for one teacher and received no reply. We left a voicemail for the principal and didn't receive a reply until we left a second voicemail 24 hours later.

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Gateway College Preparatory School
3360 Westinghouse Road, Georgetown, TX  76626
(512) 868-4947
Last modified Gateway College Preparatory School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gateway College Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top