Gateway Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 3939 E. Shea Blvd. Phoenix, AZ
County: AZ
School District: Paradise Valley
Phone Number: 4809981071
Fax Number: 602-872-7089
President: O. Robin Sweet
Principal: Max McFadden
School Type: Private Special Education Day School

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Additional Information

Accreditation: AdvancEd
Founded: 2005
Organization Affiliation: National Association of Special Education Teachers SENG National Honor Society Community Educational Partnership with Grand Canyon University
Ages/Grades: K-12th Grades
School Setting:

At Gateway, we believe that a safe and supportive environment is the best foundation for academic and personal growth. It is important that each of us develops the skills and habits to create and maintain this community. It is just as important that the community respect and nurture each individual. Our Code of Conduct provides the philosophical foundation for our community. Throughout our curriculum, we discuss and build skills in conflict resolution, collaboration, and group dynamics. This gives us a common language and shared expectations that shape our behavior for life.

School Schedule: 9am - 3:30pm
School days in Calendar Year: 185
School Holidays: Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and all national holidays
School Size: 100 students
Classroom Size: 6:1 in Lower School, 8:1 in Middle School, and 10:1 in High School
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1 in Lower School, 8:1 in Middle School, and 10:1 in High School
Tuition:

$25,800

Financial Aid:

Empowerment Scholarship, State Tax Organizations, Tuition Solutions

Departments:

Administration
Therapeutic
Faculty

Curriculum:

The program at Gateway Academy is rooted in our mission and educational philosophy. What we learn, how we learn, what we value, and how we live in a community are vital questions as we seek to educate the mind, body, spirit, and character of our students. This unique approach weaves academics, wellness, and activities into a cohesive curriculum that emphasizes the practice of social skills as the link connecting each student to the school community.

At Gateway, we believe that a safe and supportive environment is the best foundation for academic and personal growth. It is important that each of us develops the skills and habits to create and maintain this community. It is just as important that the community respect and nurture each individual. Our Code of Conduct provides the philosophical foundation for our community. Throughout our curriculum, we discuss and build skills in conflict resolution, collaboration, and group dynamics. This gives us a common language and shared expectations that shape our behavior for life.

Students come to Gateway Academy seeking a different approach to learning, often because they have been frustrated in their previous school experiences. Our intent is to rebuild self-esteem, rekindle curiosity, and encourage the risk-taking necessary for learning. Our belief is that no single method of instruction is effective for every student. Instead, we must evaluate teaching strategies and match them with each student’s individual learning style.

Education is more than memorization of basic facts and preparation for tests. While many of our students have a strong rote memory, recall alone is not sufficient to function well in school or in life. Similarly, advanced reading decoding skills must be supported with strong comprehension skills. Learning begins with identifying, organizing, and evaluating relevant information. Then, we ask our students to take the important next step to apply what they have learned, encouraging them to solve problems and face challenges with creativity and confidence.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Speech & Language - Pragmatic Language
Occupational Therapy - Sensory Integration
Music Therapy - Instrumental & Digital Music
Equine Therapy
Canine Therapy

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Each student has their own computer. Virtual Reality Lab is also available K-12th Grades.

School Championships:

Unified Sports

School Clubs:

Steam Punk Club; Literary Club; Drama Club; Art Club; X-Games Club; Strategy Club

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

All of our Graduates are Warriors!

Parking Spaces/Availability:

200 spaces

Uniform Guidelines:

None

Admissions Deadline: Rolling Admission
Mission Statement:

To serve the unique academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of Twice-exceptional students.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Gateway Academy offers students an academic curriculum that is challenging and structured; rich in its academic offerings, and nurturing in its approach to fostering personal growth, responsibility, and independence. The Gateway community: students, faculty, staff, and families, alike, work collaboratively to help students discover and develop their individual gifts and strengths, become self-advocates, and realize their full potential. A safe, thoughtfully prepared sensory sensitive environment encourages mutual trust, respect, and acceptance among those in its school community.

School History:

Gateway Academy was founded in 2005 by O. Robin Sweet and Dr. Thomas Bloom, as a 501c3 not for profit corporation. We are an approved K-12th Grade Private Day School by the Arizona Department of Education. Accredited by AdvancEd. SEVIS approved for accepting international students. School of Excellence recipients from 2006-Present by the National Association of Special Education Teachers. We have a National Honor Society Chapter. We received the School Choice Award in 2016, and the National School Choice Proclamations from Governor Doug Ducey and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.

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