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About This School

Gateway High School is a charter high school in San Francisco. The principal of Gateway High School is Sharon Olken and can be contacted at solken@gatewayhigh.org. 455 children attend Gateway High School and identify mostly as Filipino, Unspecified, and Hispanic. 9% of the Gateway High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 455 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Gateway High School is 12:1. Jewish Community High School of the Bay is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 4% 6%
Unspecified 4% 5%
Hispanic 33% 23%
Multiracial 20% %
White, non-Hispanic 20% 11%
Asian 14% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 56447%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 56%
Limited English proficiency 9% 31%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    My school is okay. There seems to be a lot of racial discrimination and bullying within the campus community. Not everyone treats everyone else fairly. I don't like this though. It seems hard for the teachers to control since they keep on having meetings and gathering the different grades from each house to talk about the specific issues. Besides the racial discrimination I feel like the diversity is not even getting better. It tends to get worse over time. There are many African American and Latinos here; very few Chinese. How is this diverse??? Oh well. I am going into my senior year and I hope that this school changes in a positive way because I want my last year to be the best. I need it to be the best because I want to get into a good college.

  • (1 year ago)

    Gateway has great curriculum and a lot of heart. The teachers are challenging and caring. My other kids went to private high schools and I am now wondering why I didn't take a closer look at a wonderful charter school such as Gateway. My son is both gifted and has some learning differences. The teachers have been quick to understand and responsive to his needs and gifts. We love Gateway.

  • (2 years ago)

    Here's an update to my 2009 freshman "We love Gateway" review. My son is a junior at Gateway. This review is from my perspective; I can only refer to the interactions my son and I have had with his teachers the Principal Vice Principal/s and the Executive Director. My son is African American. 99%-100% of the teachers are white and the Principal and Executive Director are white. That shouldn t matter but it does. The teachers haven t the skills to address the cultural diversity of their students appropriately; therefore students are negatively misjudged. The teaching is inconsistent; depending on how many students are allowed to disrupt the class and how well the teacher is able to connect and engage them. Over these three years students have been asked to leave if they re failing expelled or dropped out. Mostly it seemed to be the African American male students.

  • (3 years ago)

    Gateway has phenomenal teachers and staff who are not only well qualified but continually enthusiastic and actually seem happy to be teaching and working with teens. Sharon Olken provides the kind of leadership that makes a difference in both the culture of the school and the well-being of the students. This truly is the "private school of public schools" offering college counseling tutoring a Learning Center community service Project Week and many other ways to support and ignite the students. Gateway does an incredible job working with students of all learning styles and I want to emphasize the 'all' in that sentence. My son is a traditional learner and he is getting a wonderful rigorous college prep education. This is not just a school for those with learning differences. It's a school that brings out the best in everyone. I highly recommend you visit Gateway (and now Gateway Middle School) and see the enthusiasm positive culture and possibility for your child to thrive and have attend college.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are really great and actually enjoy what they're teaching. Gateway is a small school that really prepares you for college.

  • (3 years ago)

    A small successful college prep charter school in an urban environment with 95-100% of the students graduating and going to college-what's not to like?!

  • (3 years ago)

    I have to agree with the others. The teachers and staff are the heart of the the school. They make learning interesting which motivates the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    Hands down it's the teachers. They make the subjects fun and interesting for the students. They are creative smart and work well together.

  • (3 years ago)

    Gateway is extraordinary in many ways but perhaps most illustrative is this -- its student population contains four times as many kids with identified learning differences as other public schools in the area and yet 95% of seniors get accepted into college. Teachers teach to strengths and continually seek ways to make all students successful.

  • (3 years ago)

    Gateway High from its foundation of serving students with the highest level of educational standards has proven worthy of it's name. The dedication of the Principal Staff Teachers and Parents strive to provide their Students with the necessary tools to guide them towards graduation. Yes we have the Spirit yet the challenge is still an effort each year to raise the funds. However the students make all the difference...

  • (3 years ago)

    Gateway High School has proven itself to be a school worthy of recognition in academic excellence. Small class size dedicated teachers that know their students and a warm and supportive parent community and staff all lead to a school where students succeed and are prepared for the next challenges and steps in their life.

  • (4 years ago)

    What a fantastic high school experience for my son. He had good grades at his middle school-a 3.85 GPA along with some of his close friends. He recently got together with those friends who are at (Lowell) and had 4.0 GPA's upon their arrival there. They now have 2.80 3.10 and 2.50 GPA's so far this year. They feel discouraged. I'm so glad my student is at Gateway they ease the kids in and build up to tougher classes and more work the kids are encouraged and nurtured. The teachers are top notch and this makes a huge difference they are always available to students and parents. My son is on the high honors roll within the first semester he's proud of himself and just wants to keep it up. No parent can ask for more. Go Gateway!

  • (4 years ago)

    The heart and soul of respect.

  • (4 years ago)

    Gateway has allowed my child to really become empowered. She was taught the art of note taking as well as two SAT prep training classes. Upon graduation she was accepted into 12 or more colleges. I as a parent has alway felt welcomed in the school and all the teachers had an open door policy. I would recommend any parent to look into this school. Gateway was great for our family. Thanks GWH.

  • (4 years ago)

    We feel fortunate to have our son at Gateway. The small school and advisor program is a perfect fit to him and our family. I can't say enough about the dedicated and creative teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    Until he enrolled at Gateway my son spent most of his school career trying to find reasons to stay home. As a gifted LD kid he was frustrated with the one-size-fits-all approach he found at his elementary and middle schools and never learned how to navigate within his own limitations without being made to feel he was a disappointment. This has changed over the past two years. Gateway has small classes and good teachers who hold students accountable and there is a tremendous support system for anyone who struggles; students are given responsibility for their own learning and are provided with the information and resources they need to succeed. From the beginning it is made clear that we all have limitations and that everyone is different but that we must extend ourselves to meet high standards. I'm very pleased.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Gateway since 9th grade and will graduate this year. We are more than pleased with her experience. She's had exceptional teachers and made good friends. The school has limited course choices and a dearth of after school activities but all that is offered is top notch.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is in his second year at Gateway. I feel very fortunate that he was accepted to Gateway. It has small class size coupled with an intense academic curriculum. The kids get to know there teachers and classmates. It is a safe campus enviroment too. Go Gators!

  • (8 years ago)

    i went to gateway high school and i found it to be a very good school but they need to work on their attendance and making sure the kids family lives are okay maybe its not always you business but sometimes you just look the other way

  • (8 years ago)

    Presidio Middle is a very strong school in a friendly neighborhood. It has great teachers who are always there for your child if he/she needs help. It also has different sport and music programs. PTA does a lot of work. My only concern that the school is very big but this probably relates to all public schools in SF. Overall rating is very good.

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