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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

Physical Education

Overview of Policies & Requirements

P.E. Credits

Gateway High School students are required to complete 240 hours (or 20 credits) of supervised physical activity in order to graduate. Student-Athletes will be given credit for their participation on interscholastic sports teams and do not need to keep track of their hours for their season(s) of sport.

Credit allocations are as follows: 10 Credits (120 hours) for full participation in Varsity sports and for Boys JV Basketball, 7.5 credits (90 hours) for Girls JV Volleyball.

Students may also earn PE credits from specific Project Week activities. Credited PW Courses from 2015-2016 include: A Question of Sport, Beginners Guide to Camping, Boxing, Gardening for A Healthy Planet, Golden Gate Park Adventures, Mindfulness: Meditation & Yoga, & Surf's Up! 2017-2018 Project Week activities that will award PE credit will be announced before Project Week registration.

Alternate Activity Record

Those who complete supervised exercise outside Gateway are responsible for filling out a Physical Education Alternate Activity Record with dates and times of physical activity and the signature of their supervisor/coach. Parents or relatives may not sign off on completed hours without a pre-approved Parent Sign Off Application. This Parent Sign-Off Application must be renewed with each completed Alternate Activity Log and requires the student and parent to agree upon and monitor progress towards at least three stated and measurable fitness goals. These goals should reflect and inspire continued effort by the student to improve his/her performance during physical activity and should be revisited before each completed sheet is turned in for credit. 

Students who go to a gym or fitness center may have the facility manager print out their login sheet and sign it for credit. Other acceptable supervised activities include participation in the Girls Run Gateway Club or in “Houseball” intramurals at Gateway, yoga, Pilates, dance, rock climbing, martial arts, participation on a sports team outside of Gateway, a job or internship that requires strenuous physical exercise, or participation in selected project week activities. If you have any questions about the validity of an alternate activity for PE credit, please do not hesitate to ask. Gateway does offer one PE Class elective, the enrollment for which is limited to 24 students each semester.

Students have until five days before their graduation to have completed all of their hours and to have submitted (and had approved) all of their alternate activity records. If hours are not completed, seniors may participate in the graduation ceremony, but diplomas will not be issued until hours are completed. Physical Education Alternate Activity Records should be turned in as soon as possible for entry to the online system, to transcript, and to avoid losing track of hours or sheets. They may be scanned/emailed at any time. Forging these forms is a serious infraction and will be dealt with by Gateway’s administration accordingly. All completed Physical Education forms are subject to review.

"Physical Education Alternate Activity Records” are available in Gateway’s main office, outside of the Athletics & PE Office, and are posted for download on Gateway’s website.

Completed forms should be turned in to Coach Flynn’s mailbox, handed to him directly, or scanned/emailed to [email protected]. Once approved, hours are entered to a Google spreadsheet and are entered to transcript at least once each quarter. All Gateway students will have access to the Google form through their student email account, so they can monitor their progress at any time. Parents may have access to this form upon request, as well. All completed forms will be kept on file for future reference.

Physical Education Resources