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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: 2022-2023 Tuition, Fees and Policies

Does Gateway accept scholarships?

Gateway is an approved provider with the Florida Department of Education for the Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship (including Gardiner) and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. These scholarships must be applied for separately and once approved, the award letter should be presented to the admissions office. The family is responsible for any remainder of the tuition cost. Gateway Academy has a cap on the number of Step Up scholarship funds we can take. For the 2022-2023 school year, Gateway Academy has reached its cap of scholarship funds. This does not affect a student’s admission status. For more information on these scholarships, visit https://www.stepupforstudents.org/.

What is the safety protocol at Gateway?

Gateway places extreme importance on maintaining the safety of our students by employing a team of professionals with decades of safety experience providing a safe, world-class experience for your children. In addition to a wide-ranging safety team, Gateway Academy employs a full-time Walton County Deputy School Resource Officer during school hours and events. Furthermore, Gateway requires an ID Based Screening System for all guests. 

Should you have any questions or speak to someone regarding campus safety, please reference below:

  • For Non-Emergency Safety Concerns, please call 850-654-9095
  • For an Emergency, please call 911
  • For Reporting Professional Misconduct, click HERE.
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 visit our calendar to Schedule a Tour of our campus. 

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?
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 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