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Application Process

Welcome to The Gateway Schools!

The Gateway Schools are designed for students with above average intelligence who are experiencing academic difficulties in school.  Typically, our students struggle in mainstream classrooms because a language based learning disability (dyslexia, expressive or receptive language delay), a relative weakness in processing and or attention deficit prevent them from producing academic work that is truly reflective of their intellectual capacity. 

Our admissions process seeks to identify which applicants will benefit from our program.  It is thorough and careful and may entail more time than the processes in place at other independent schools.  Gateway operates on a rolling admissions basis.  We accept applications beginning in September for the following academic year and interview applicants from November through June.

Visiting Gateway  If, after familiarizing yourself with our mission and program, you think Gateway might be an appropriate school for your student, we encourage you to contact our Admissions Office for information or to inquire about a tour. 

We host small group tours throughout the fall and winter. It is not necessary to file an application to tour Gateway, but advance sign up is required. Please fill out a request for information to start the admissions process. 


The Application  Following an online inquiry [Request for Information], a link to our application will be sent to the family of a student for whom Gateway is appropriate.

A complete application consists of:

  • The Application Form.

  • A Release Form that allows Gateway to communicate with the applicant’s school and any professionals working with the family or student.

  • A completed neuro-psychological or psycho-educational evaluation that includes a WISC-IV with scaled scores or a Stanford Binet 5th edition and projective testing. The projective testing may include any of the following tests:  Thematic Apperception Test, Children’s Apperception Test, Roberts Apperception Test for Children, Tell-Me-A-Story Apperceptive Test, or Rorschach.  For a student younger than age 7, all testing must be completed within 1 year prior to the date of application.  For an applicant age 7 and older, all testing must be completed within 18 months of the date of application.

  • The most recent reports from all professionals working with the child, if applicable.

  • The most recent school reports for the child.

  • The most recent IEP for the child, if applicable.

  • A non-refundable application fee of $125.

We encourage parents to submit both the Application Form and a copy of a recent neuro-psychological or psycho-educational evaluation as soon as possible in order to open an applicant’s file.  Opening this file allows the Admissions Team to begin its screening process. Not all applicants will be invited for a screening. We screen only the applicants for whom there might be a place at the school.  

Screening  Some applicants are invited to visit Gateway, during which time they will participate in small group and classroom activities in addition to meeting with members of our Admissions Team.  Applicants selected for screenings typically visit for 2 or 3 days. Following an applicant’s visit, either on the same day or within a week, members of the Admissions Team will meet with the family to discuss our findings and recommendations.  If it is highly unlikely the applicant will be accepted, we will suggest other options.  The Admissions decision is usually made within 4 weeks of the screening. 

There is an additional fee of $250 for a screening.


Acceptance  At the time of acceptance, the family will be required to guarantee placement for its student by returning the Gateway contract by the specified date together with a tuition deposit.

Admission is granted based on a variety of factors including the student’s learning profile, responsiveness to intervention and class grouping.  Gateway does not accept students diagnosed with Developmental Delay, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome, or Nonverbal Learning Disabilities.

Tuition Assistance  We offer Financial Aid to the families of Gateway students in the form of payment plans, loans, and scholarship awards. Payment plans and loans are administered by Key Bank.  We include the application forms for these services with our enrollment contract.  We award scholarships on the basis of need.  Any family interested in applying for a scholarship must submit its financial information to Private School Aid Service (PSAS).  PSAS will assist Gateway in determining scholarship amounts. We provide information about PSAS upon request to the family of an accepted student.

Contacting Us  Thank you, again, for your interest in The Gateway Schools.  If you are interested in receiving an application or participating in a tour, please complete the Request for Information form or contact the Admissions Office at (212) 777-5966 ext. 817.

Non-Discrimination Policy  The Gateway School of New York and The Gateway Middle School admit students of any race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or citizenship status to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at The Gateway Schools. In addition, The Gateway School of New York and The Gateway Middle School do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation or citizenship status in any programs or activities.