In 1998, a group of six parents had the dream of creating a school that would be a gateway to college for all students regardless of race, income, or learning style. They founded Gateway High School, a college preparatory, public charter school in San Francisco, on the paired principles that all students can learn at high levels and that all students learn differently. Since then, more than 96% of our graduates have gone on to college (double the statewide rate).
Gateway High School serves approximately 450 economically, racially, ethnically, and intellectually diverse high school students (grades 9-12) from the San Francisco community and the surrounding Bay Area. Gateway High School combines a rigorous academic program with an approach where the individual talents and strengths of its students are identified and supported. We seek and support students who have ambition, who are committed to working hard, and who are eager to share responsibility for their own learning. Working with teachers committed to our mission, our students will acquire the skills, habits, and knowledge necessary for academic and personal success in college and in adult life.
Gateway’s values of personal integrity, responsibility, and respect for others should inspire students to contribute to their communities however they can. By attending a school which fully embraces the diversity of the Bay Area, Gateway students will appreciate what they have in common with those who are different and value what they learn from one another.