I'm a parent of a K5 and 4th grader at GCA. This is their first year attending GCA and what an amazing year this has been. The school has an excellent ciriculum that balances academics and Christian principals. They have computers, iPads, Apple TV's, music class, language class, and RenWeb. The building is secured at all times and you have to be buzzed into the school. The school is affordable and not a big focus on finances and fund raising. You can pay on the 20th verses the 1st of each month. Hours offered 6am-6pm. The teachers care for children like family. Many school activities, events, pep rally's, field trips, and chapel time. The teachers communicate through text and email. My children love getting up each morning and going to school. They are learning so much and enjoy school. My 4th grader is reading at an 11th grade level. I can go on and on, this is a fabulous school and we are blessed to be part of the GCA family.
As the parent of a former student, the school did not provide quality parent teacher relationships, nor did they foster genuine Christian relationships. The principal and teachers in lower school were rude and uncaring. The school did not encourage physical education, art or music programs. It was a bad experience for us. Wouldn't recommend this "school " to anyone.
Academically, I feel like my kids are getting a great education. While I like the structure, I believe there is an overly tremendous focus on rules and penalizing the students for the smallest things. The thing that I disagree with the most is having the kids repititiously repeat the pledges to objects and the Model Prayer without giving them a real understanding of what and why. Nevertheless, it isn't enough to make me take them out. It's my responsibility as a parent to teach them God's truth at home.
Honesty and integrity ... Yes, but fairness ... NO! The kids are given "so-called" responsibilities such as hall & bathroom monitors that put them in positions whereas they delight in tattle tailing and robs them of the ability to work out issues among themselves without having to always go to the teacher.
Gateway Christian school is a GREAT school. The teachers go out of their way to tend to the children. The smaller class sizes definetely make individual attention possible. Not only is there a focus on academics, but on nurturing spiritual growth and morals as well. There are also extracurricular activites and sports available for fun. We have thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience and sense of community. Our children cannot wait to go back next year :)
This school was a horrible experience for my child. He felt left out and unwanted here. The students were unforgiving and judgmental and the teachers did nothing about it. They focus too much on their own rules and forget that the students will eventually have to actually make it in the real world.
On the outside, this school looked promising, but once we got more familiar with the system here, the school's true colors showed. There's a "hierarchy" of sorts here. The kids who come from the families with the most money and the ones who are good at sports are treated WAY better than the ones who aren't. The staff treats the kids who aren't exceptional at athletics like trash. Some of the teachers are genuinely nice, but it's not worth spending the money to only get a few nice teachers. If you want to have an enjoyable experience, you better make sure you're good at sports or you better be insanely rich.