Academics at Gateway
Students at Gateway attend classes in our on-campus school, Monday through Friday, year-round with the exception of observed holidays and special occasions.
Gateway provides ongoing year-round academics as a Department of Education registered non-public school. Our teachers assist students in two available self-paced Christian curriculums (Accelerated Christian Education and Alpha Omega), offering tutorial help when needed. A high school diploma is awarded upon graduation, as well as assistance in obtaining ACT and SAT testing in the local schools.
Students use a computer-based curriculum that self-scores to facilitate moving at a faster pace through the curriculum. As many of our students come to us having fallen behind in their academics, our school operates year round. A student completing English I on Friday may start English II on Monday.
In the classroom, we utilize the award winning Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS) computer-based curriculum, which has been proven to provide a stronger educational experience for troubled teens than the open classroom environment. Education is administered and tutored as needed by our own teachers. SOS offers five core subjects and a variety of electives that complement learning tools such as 3-D animation, video clips, and other exciting multimedia which enhances the teacher’s ability to customize lessons to meet each student’s individual learning needs. SOS offers a vibrant mix of entertaining lessons, assignments quizzes, and fun-filled lessons designed to captivate the student’s attention and engage them in learning. With features that enhance content and functionality, this award-winning curriculum offers ease, accuracy, and quality academics. Even public schools are trending toward more computer-based instruction like Gateway offers.
Some of the more difficult courses requiring teacher and class feedback are taught in a traditional teacher-led daily class, including Algebra I, Spanish I and Anatomy/Physiology.
At Gateway, we emphasize individual learning. Once a student has individually mastered one concept he may move ahead to the next concept without having to wait on a classroom of students, so many students are able to either catch up or get far ahead in their studies. Professional transcripts and progress reports are maintained by school officials for record keeping. Teachers at Gateway are accessible to parents on family weekends as well as by phone or email for updates on their son’s academic progress.
Our mission is to assist young men in setting and pursuing personal educational goals. Because we are a year-round alternative type school, semester dates may not coordinate with those of traditional schools. Gateway Academy provides Florida state mandated curriculum for middle grades 6-8 and high school grades 9-12. Every student has the opportunity to earn the required high school credits needed for graduation.
Students receive annual standardized testing with the Terra Nova CTBS (California Test of Basic Skills) test. The results are provided to the parent as well as the receiving school to which a student returns.
While the State of Florida does not require Gateway Academy to obtain any state or regional accreditation in order to operate or grant diplomas, individual public school districts, colleges and universities establish their own admission policies. Our high standards enable us to maintain a course of instruction relevant to the public secondary schools throughout our state such that credits are transferable to public educational institutions.
Gateway Academy qualifies to receive McKay and Children’s First Scholarship for residents in Florida.
We also offer the G.E.D. study program to students who do not have a variable option for returning to a high school due to their age or logistics of home environment. College bound students are provided study helps to prepare them to take the ACT and SAT tests at local institutions. College coursework is also available through Global University.
It is the policy of Gateway Academy to provide standardized testing for each student after 6 months of attendance in school. Gateway Academy uses the CTBS Standardized Test (Terranova) to adequately test and evaluate students.
Tests are completed 3 – 4 times each year in order to accommodate all students since this is a 15-month residential program. Test results are discussed with parents of students during Parent Visit Weekends, and a copy of the test results are placed in the students’ school files.
ACT Testing for College Placement
ACT testing is scheduled twice each year, April and October. Students are selected by the administrator as candidates for the ACT Test according to grade level. A letter will be sent to the student’s parents giving them information concerning how they are to register their son for the ACT if they desire their son to take the test. Students must be in 11th or 12th grade, and in 2nd Platoon.
Once the parents have registered their son, they will contact the school secretary to notify the secretary of the registration. The school secretary will print out the ACT Testing Ticket a few days before the test is to be taken.
When a student has been signed up for the ACT Test, he is given an ACT Preparation Workbook to work through. This book will provide pertinent information that may be found on the ACT Test. Every 3 pages of work in the workbook will count as 1 goal. Every 25 questions on mini-quizzes will count as 1 goal.
GED Testing Procedures
Requirements for Candidacy for G.E.D. (High School Equivalency Exam)
Any student who is 16 years of age or older, has 6 or fewer high school credits, will not complete 12th grade by the age of 19, and has attended Gateway Academy for a minimum of 6 months is considered a candidate for the GED track. Students must try to get to the 10th grade level before beginning the GED track. GED testing is administered at the Washington County Technical School. GED testing is conducted on a monthly basis.
Teachers should submit the name of any student who qualifies as a candidate for the GED to the administrator. The administrator will contact the parent(s) of the student to acquire approval for the student to pursue the GED track. Once parental approval is given, the parent will be required to fill out the appropriate paperwork to written permission and registration for the GED test.
Once all paperwork is turned in by the parent(s), the student will be pre-tested by the administrator or teacher of the student. Pre-testing will determine what subject areas the student should focus on the most. The student will be given a GED Preparatory Workbook to prepare for the test. Most students are given 4 months to prepare for the test. Every 3 pages of work in the workbook will be counted as 1 goal. Students may also be assigned GED Prep lessons.
A few weeks before the GED test, the student will be post-tested to be sure of his readiness for the test. All pre- and post-test results will be made available to both the student and his parent(s).