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.
Alph Omega Offers:
- National accreditation, including through COGNIA (formerly AdvancEd). 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.
- The security of knowing dual enrollment courses held to high-quality standards necessary for the academy to maintain accreditation which is recognized worldwide by colleges and universities.
- Teachers – Uniquely qualified to teach subject-specific distance learning courses to our students.
Alpha Omega is a leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation’s schools. Our digital curriculum provides an active learner experience that engages all students in rigorous coursework to prepare them for college and work. The standards-based digital curriculum — in math, science, English, social studies, world languages, electives and Advanced Placement — is widely used for original credit, credit recovery, remediation, intervention, acceleration and exam preparation.
Students get a consolidated view of daily assignments, curriculum overviews, due dates, subject reviews, and grades with this organizational feature geared to keep them on track. Teacher assignment screens allow them to edit, add, remove, or reorder assignments, as well as change due dates of projects and tasks to pace coursework appropriately or according to individualized learning plans.
Prescriptive Credit Recovery
Diagnostic testing in language arts and math allows teachers to identify content areas in which students need review, so students who previously failed a course can recover the credits they need to graduate without repeating the entire course.
More than 50,000 multimedia elements including audio and video files, challenging games, interactive exercises, a historical timeline, and integrated video clips reinforce concepts and offer an in-depth explanation of key points.
This user-friendly application allows students to hear selected passages or entire lessons to promote greater understanding by simply highlighting the text within the lesson.
Strong, Reliable Security Safeguards
Role-based access controls, automatic expiration, and other security features enforce and support a credible learning experience. Student computers are programmed to restrict all internet access with the exception of Academy related websites. In order to limit distractions and provide an environment conducive to learning students do not have access to email or social networking sites while attending Gateway.
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.
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).