Mission and History

Students celebrating graduation

Gateway's Mission

Gateway Public Schools’ mission is to prepare a broad range of learners for success in college and beyond. As model public charter schools, we are committed to serving a student body that reflects the diversity of San Francisco including a special emphasis on students with diagnosed learning disabilities, and helping each and every one of our students get into college and thrive. We believe that all students are capable of learning at high levels when schools pair high expectations and a school-wide understanding that students learn differently. At Gateway, we combine a rigorous academic program with an approach where the individual talents, strengths, and needs of our learners are identified and supported. 
In addition to providing a high quality public education to our students, we seek to accomplish two important broader goals:

  1. By ensuring that each of our students (more than 75% of whom are students of color, more than 40% are first-generation college-bound, and more than 25% have diagnosed learning disabilities) have post-secondary opportunities, we hope to help change the demographics of the college-bound population in San Francisco;
  2. By serving as model public schools, we hope to demonstrate that public education can and does work for diverse learners, share our best practices, and, as such, serve as a change agent within the public sphere.

Our 20 Year History

Gateway's 20 Year History