At Gateway, new students, age 11-17, are admitted year-round. We are an all-male program.
Our enrollment process begins with an interview between our Intake Coordinator and the parent/guardian to ensure that the prospective student is a candidate for our program. After the interview an introductory email will be sent to the parent that includes an application for admission and a supply list that details the items that must accompany a student into our program. The potential student must have a physical and required blood work completed by a physician before enrollment into our academy. Once all the admission requirements are met, an appointment may be made for enrollment.
We will not enroll boys who have:
• A serious mental illness that is not manageable without regular psychiatric visits
• Demonstrated same-sex predatory behaviors
• Significant developmental delay
• Pronounced suicidal thoughts or attempts
• Been involved in arson or have extremely violent tendencies
• Have a significant health condition, physical impairment, or illness requiring ongoing care or special equipment.
The process of admissions begins with the submission of the following three documents, at no cost or obligation to the parent.
- Biographical sketch – Parents are asked to write in friendly email form a history of their son’s life from early childhood to the present, listing major events in his life which have impacted his behavior.
- Unofficial school transcripts – Parents simply call their son’s school and request that an unofficial transcript be faxed to our school, including recent state standardized test scores. This will validate that he is able to read independently. Our school does not service non-readers.
- Sports physical – There is a checklist of medical history that takes 4-5 minutes to complete. Because exercise is a regular part of Gateway Boys Academy, it is necessary for us to ensure a student is physically fit enough to participate in the regimen of regular exercise.
A full student application and placement agreement are available online.
A Florida Sports Physical form (www.FHSAA.org) EL-2 must be completed in a physician’s office (no matter which state the student is from). A series of blood tests are required as listed on the front letter of the student application. The full metabolic panel blood test results must be seen by the resident RN prior to enrollment.
Physical exercise requires that students are not under the influence or physically affected in any way by psychotropic drugs prescribed by psychologists and psychiatrists for ADD, ADHD, bipolar or other diagnoses. These drugs can alter cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure. Most of our students previously have utilized these drugs, but their prescribing physicians wrote a release for either discontinuance or the weaning off of the drug.
Parents are required to attend a time of parent orientation on the day of admission. A Parent Handbook is reviewed and given to the parent along with our Boundaries curriculum for parenting sessions that take place throughout the year during the parent visitation times.
Church or Civic Organization
Sometimes the church or civic organization that a parent belongs to will assist with treatment costs. Discussing your situation with the Pastor of your church or President of your group may lead to financial assistance.
Typically, insurance does not pay for residential treatment. However, it may depend on your personal benefit package and it does not hurt to ask. Sometimes part of the stay or the counseling portion is covered. Please contact your insurance company so that they can make a determination.