The Gateway Student
We accept students from ages 5 through 13. 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
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. Admissions to Gateway are ongoing throughout the year. To obtain an application, submit an online request, and we will send an application link to you.
To open a file for your child, parents are encouraged to submit the Application Form and a copy of a recent neuro-psychological or psycho-educational evaluation as soon as possible, since space is limited. Once these documents are received, the Admissions Team will determine whether a screening will be scheduled.
A complete application consists of:
- The Application Form (including a recent photo and $125 non-refundable fee)
- 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 (current within 12 months for ages 4-6, current within 18 months for ages 7 and older)
- The most recent reports from all professionals working with the applicant, if applicable
- The most recent school reports for the student
- 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.
Our admissions process is comprehensive and typically includes a multi-day visit (2-3 days, often non-consecutive). During the school visits, an applicant will meet with various members of the Admissions Team and will often spend time in a classroom. The admissions decision is usually made within four weeks of the screening.
Please note that there is an additional $150 fee for a screening.
At the time of acceptance, the family is required to guarantee placement for its student by returning the Gateway contract by the specified date together with a non-refundable 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, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral-Based Challenges, or Developmental Coordination Disorder as a primary diagnosis.