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Fostering Excellence in all Disciplines

Gateway High School's curriculum fosters excellence in all disciplines associated with a liberal arts education. Students leave Gateway prepared for the rigors of college as well as understanding their strengths and interests as learners. All academic courses at Gateway are Common Core standards-based, value skills as well as content, and emphasize the process of learning along with the product.

Academic Subject Areas

9th Grade Seminar

All 9th students take 9th Grade Seminar. This research-based course is intended to ensure successful transition from middle school to a rigorous, college-prep high school.


Gateway believes that education must be broader than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Students are required to take at least two full years in the arts, one of which needs to be a UC/CSU-approved course, and can choose from a range of courses including Visual Art, Drama, and Creative Writing.



Gateway students take three years of humanities, a cross-cultural study of history, literature, and social studies, and fourth year of Civics and English.


Our math program reflects the Common Core's focus on deep understanding of key concepts through exploration and problem-solving. All students will pass at least three years of math through Algebra 2. 


Our science program places an emphasis on students engaging in and grasping science through inquiry-based learning techniques. Gateway students take three years of inquiry-based, hands-on, collaborative science. 


All students take three consecutive years of Spanish. The Spanish program offers the option of traditional coursework for students who are new to Spanish as well as a set of classes designed to meet the needs of native and heritage speakers of Spanish or those who have participated in a Spanish-immersion educational setting prior to Gateway.

Physical Education

Students complete 240 hours (or 20 credits) of supervised physical activity (PE) in order to graduate. More information about how students can earn PE credit can be found here.  

Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Courses


Honors Courses

AP Courses

Algebra II Honors

AP Biology

Chemistry Honors

AP Physics 1

English 11 Honors

AP Environmental Science

Pre-Calculus Honors

AP Calculus AB

Visual Art I Honors

AP English Literature

Visual Art III Honors

AP US History


AP Government


AP Spanish Language


AP Spanish Literature


Creative Writing

Introduction to Computer Science


Introduction to Statistics & Applied Math

Drama 1

Office Aide & Teacher’s Aide

Drama 2

Physical Education

Ethnic Studies




Honors Creative Writing

Visual Art 2