DESTIN | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What are the school hours for Gateway? 8:00am to 2:30pm, with morning drop-off beginning at 7:50am
- Does Gateway follow the Walton or Okaloosa County School District’s calendar? Although we closely follow the Walton County calendar, which is a 10 month school calendar year (August – May), there are often slight variations in our school calendar to theirs.
- What is the monthly tuition cost for Gateway? Gateway’s tuition is $575 monthly for grades PreK-3 through 8th grade. High school grades have a monthly tuition fee of $750. Other fees such as curriculum and matriculation fees differ based on the grade level and age of the student. A complete list of fees for our current year can be found at www.thegatewayacademy.com/enrollment.
- Does Gateway accept scholarships? Gateway is not state-funded nor do we receive funds from any scholarship agencies. All students are admitted on a fee-based payment schedule. However, Gateway is an approved provider with the Florida Department of Education for the Gardiner Scholarship. Families of students awarded this scholarship by the state can be reimbursed for approved paid Gateway fees by the DOE. For more information on Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship visit http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/gardiner/.
- What is Gateway’s Admission Policy? Gateway admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin or disability in administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarships, athletic or other school administered programs. Gateway Academy reserves the right to deny admission to a student if his or her ability, behavior, or emotional development indicates that he/she could not be best served by our school program.
We have adopted an admissions policy that opens the school to families who are like-minded spiritually, who are supportive of our philosophy, objective, and standards of education and whose children meet our enrollment standards. Our purpose is to serve families who desire not simply a private education, but a distinctively Christian education for their children.
NOTE: All applicants in our PreK-3 & PreK-4 classrooms must be toilet trained prior to the start of school.
- What is the average class ratio size? Gateway’s preschool classes, staffed with 1 lead teacher and 1 classroom assistant, have an average teacher student ratio of 1:8. Our elementary, middle, and high school classes have 1 lead teacher and an average class size of 12-15 students.
- Does Gateway offer before or after-school care? Gateway does not offer wrap around care (before or after-school childcare services). However, we do offer interest-based after-school clubs/activities throughout the year.
- How can I schedule a school tour? Simply contact the school office at 850-654-9095 to speak with our department directors to schedule a tour of our campus. We typically conduct tours during the 2nd week of each month, but will do all we can to try to accommodate schedules, especially for prospective families from out of state.
- What curricula does Gateway use? Academic excellence, Godly standards, and uncompromised Biblical truths are the cornerstone of Gateway Academy. Our faith-based teaching philosophy is centered in the Biblical view, to train each child cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Appreciation for Fine Arts and Foreign Language is instilled through individualized class programs in Art, Music, Spanish, Physical Education and Chapel. Our teachers work daily to provide opportunities for individualized instruction, learning motivation and consistent discipline. Although teachers are free to supplement Gateway’s adopted curriculum elements as best fits their teaching style and student needs, the curriculum elements listed below are our main instructional tools.
As a private Christian school, Gateway Academy has the unique opportunity to select the strongest programs for each subject area. We have chosen the A Beka curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, Big Day in PreK & Purposeful Design for our foundational curriculum in PreK-3, PreK-4 and Kindergarten. Our early year classrooms are designed around the developmental needs of our children. Young children learn best when new information is presented to them in a format that is hands-on and manipulative in nature so they can experience their learning with all of their senses. Our classrooms are structured in a format that engages children in these types of discovery activities for the majority of their day. Our elementary students then transition into StoryTown & Mosdos Press Literature, Accelerated Reader and Shurley English for language arts. The selection of Purposeful Design Math, Science, & Bible curriculum and A Beka Social Studies round out our course material for this age group.
Middle school is a time for students to master key subject areas such as reading comprehension, writing and mathematical concepts as they prepare for high school and ultimately college and careers. Gateway utilizes Shurley English, Analytical Grammar, Mosdos Press Literature, the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Big Idea Mathematics and ALEKS® to build this educational foundation. The middle school years are also a time for students to learn about a variety of disciplines in the worlds of science and social studies. Students will explore earth, life, and physical science through Apologia’s Science and social studies through Pearson’s My World, American History, & Civics/Economics curricula. Gateway middle school classes also focus daily on the study of God’s Holy Bible and attend a weekly chapel worship service led by Destiny Worship Center’s Youth Pastors.
High school students are rapidly changing as they develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally making grades 9-12 critical for their development and fulfillment of their God-given destiny. During these years students spend more time thinking about their futures and discerning topics which they are deeply interested in and feel strongly about. Therefore, Gateway’s collegiate high school format has been specifically designed to allow them to deepen their learning and formulate a Biblical worldview of beliefs. Our honors classes and elevated academic expectations present both a challenge and a distinction for the exceptionally talented and motivated students. Through our college partnership, students have the ability to dual enroll and earn college credit and ultimately their Associates of Arts degree all under the watchful eye of our Gateway secondary instructors. Below are the 9th grade classes being offered for 2018-2019…
ELA 1 Honors, 1 year, 1 English credit
Biology 1, 1 year, 1 Science credit with Lab Science
Algebra 1, 1 year, 1 Math credit
Geometry, 1 year, 1 Math credit / Prerequisite: Algebra 1
World History, 1 year, 1 Social Science credit
Biblical Foundations, 1 year, 1 credit
Physical Education / Personal Fitness, 1 year, two ½ credits
- What credentials do the teacher at Gateway hold? The goal of Gateway Academy is to build a team of faculty and staff who desire to glorify God and reflect the character of Christ inside each of their classrooms. We value academic excellence and seek employees who exemplify the best in their instructional fields. Our faculty is made up of educators who are called to the ministry of Christian education and who share our passion and responsibility to make disciples. We look for credentialed educators who exemplify professionalism and creativity within their subject areas and who daily inspire and motivate students spiritually, academically and socially.
- What is the safety protocol at Gateway? Gateway places extreme importance on maintaining the safety of our students and faculty. We employ a full-time Walton County Deputy School Resource Officer and perform regular fire, weather, and intruder drills to educate our children on how to remain safe through any emergency situation that could arise.
- What electives does Gateway offer? Gateway Academy’s program has been designed around educating the “whole” child – academically, spiritually and emotionally. To this end, we offer several special area and elective opportunities for our students ranging from weekly Chapel, to daily physical educational classes, to music instruction and performances, to technology integration, to Spanish classes and art education. Secondary students are also exposed to elective and club opportunities in technology coding and robotics, sign language, STEM (Science Discovery Lab), typing, engineering and mechanics, personal finance, and off-site golf, tennis and street soccer.