DESTIN | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • What are the school hours for Gateway? | 8:30am-3:00pm, with morning drop-off beginning at 8:15am 
  • 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 all grade levels PreK-3 through 8th grade. Other fees such as curriculum and matriculation fees differ based on the grade level and age of the student. A complete list for our current year can be found at www.thegatewayacademy.com/admissions. 

  • 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 Philosophy? | Gateway Academy 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 and middle school classes have 1 lead teacher and an average class size of 12-17 students. 

  • Does Gateway offer before or after-school care? | Gateway does not offer before or after care, 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 Admissions Coordinator to schedule a tour of our campus. We typically conduct tours on the 2nd Thursday 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. As a private Christian school, we have the unique opportunity to select curricula for our school that align with our faith-based teaching philosophy centered around a Biblical worldview and are the strongest programs for each subject area. Our preschool classrooms are designed to provide hands-on, manipulative learning experiences. Curricula such as Handwriting Without Tears and Big Day for PreK help us accomplish this goal. Purposeful Design curricula (Spelling, Bible, Science & Math), Mosdos Press Reading, Shurley English and A Beka and Pearson’s My World Social Studies all work together to provide a comprehensive curriculum plan for our elementary years and round out our early year’s course material.

    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 Analytical Grammar, Mosdos Press Literature, the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Big Idea Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1, Apologia Interactive Science, and Pearson’s American History & Civics/Economics curricula to build this educational foundation. 

  • What credentials do the teachers 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 music instruction and performances, to technology integration, to Spanish classes and art education. Our middle school students are also exposed to elective opportunities in technology coding and robotics, sign language, STEM (Science Discovery Lab), engineering and mechanics, personal finance, and off-site golf, tennis, and street soccer. 

  • Will Gateway be expanding into grades past 8th grade? | Gateway’s leadership and governing board desires for our school to eventually grow into serving PreK-3 through 12th grade students. We are working towards being able to expand into 9th grade for the 2018- 2019 school year and to partner with Northwest Florida State College for dual enrollment status for our 10th-12th grades starting in 2019 respectfully.