Frequently Asked Questions
What are the school hours for Gateway?
8:00am-2:30pm, with morning drop-off beginning at 7:45am and extended care being offered until 5:00pm.
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. Gateway is not a year round / holiday program.
What is the tuition for Gateway?
A complete list for our current year can be found here: 2021-2022 Tuition, Fees and Policies
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, Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship, and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. For more information on these scholarships, visit https://www.stepupforstudents.org/.
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 the 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 9:1. Our elementary and secondary school classes have 1 lead teacher and an average class size of 16 students.
Does Gateway offer before or after-school care?
Gateway does not offer before care. Gateway does offer Extended Care for students in PK3 – 5th Grade.
How can I schedule a school tour?
Simply contact the school office at 850.654.9095 or submit a Tour Request 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. 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 Pre-K 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 higher level learning and ultimately work and careers. Gateway utlizies 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?
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, 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.
What Parents are Saying
I am so thankful for the challenging yet developmentally appropriate academics that Gateway provides my daughter. The faith based philosophy and loving environment is unlike any other school I have seen. I believe Gateway is setting my daughter up for the best future.
– Jess Foy
I appreciate all that the staff at Gateway Academy have done to welcome my daughters and make them feel at home. They have made comments about how friendly the other students are at Gateway from the very first day they attended. The teachers were all wonderful about getting them adjusted and caught up in their classes. The students at Gateway were very warm and welcoming to the “new kids.”
– Kevin Wells
Gateway means a tremendous amount to my tiny family of three. It means I can drop my boys at school, and head off to work, knowing they are loved big, safe, and surrounded by edifying people who honestly live to grow them closer to God.
– Leah Petrey