The Gateway School is an independent school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where children ages 5-14 with learning differences become skilled, strategic learners and confident self-advocates.
Founded in 1965, Gateway was among the first schools in the country to recognize that bright children who had difficulty learning in school simply had to be taught differently. The school has continuously informed its classroom expertise with the findings of current, scientifically validated research on effective curriculum and instruction.
Gateway is proud of its many alumni—young men and women who are now college students and graduates, doctors, lawyers, businesspeople, teachers, artists, educators, and researchers living in and contributing to communities across the country.
The Gateway Student
The typical Gateway student has struggled in mainstream classrooms as a result of one or more of the following:
language-based learning disability (dyslexia, expressive and receptive language delays, reading and writing disorders)
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
executive function disorder
visual-spatial or auditory processing difficulty
gross and fine motor coordination issues
The school currently enrolls 150 students. Those ages 5 to 9 are in the ungraded Lower School; those ages 10 to 14 are in grades 5th through 8th in the Middle School.
Students from throughout the greater New York City area come to Gateway. While the majority of Gateway students live in Manhattan and Brooklyn, many travel to our West 61st Street campus from Northern New Jersey and Westchester.
Our independent school curriculum weaves together the skills and strategies necessary for learning academic content that students require to transition to mainstream classrooms, including college preparatory high schools, when they can do so successfully.
Gateway takes all aspects of a student’s development into consideration, in particular how language affects the student’s thinking, feeling, and learning. Taught according to a defined curriculum and in small classes, students participate in group learning led by faculty skilled in direct, explicit, and multisensory instruction and able to individualize instruction in response to a student’s needs.
How to Apply
Our admissions process seeks to identify which applicants will benefit from our program. The process is thorough and careful and may entail more time than in traditional mainstream independent schools. Gateway operates on a rolling admissions basis. We accept applications beginning in September for the following academic year and interview applicants year-round. Visit www.gatewayschool.org for more information.
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