Special Schools Coalition of Houston
Gateway Academy serves students with social and academic challenges through innovative approaches to learning, physical fitness, and social awareness. Our graduates encounter a changing world with self-advocacy, opening a path to personal significance in college, career, and community.
Gateway Academy serves 6th-12th grade students with academic and social challenges through innovative approaches to learning, physical fitness, and social awareness. Our graduates encounter a changing world with self-advocacy, opening a path to personal significance in college, career, and community.
Gateway Academy serves students who have learning differences that impact academic, social, and critical thinking skills. We are committed to providing an environment that prepares students for successful experiences in future workplace and educational settings. Gateway has a rolling admissions policy whereby students may be enrolled throughout the year.
Students Served: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, Communication Disorders, Speech Impairments, and other mental health concerns
Jeffrey Rice, Psycho-therapist
Our Social/Emotional Program is a solution-focused program specifically designed to help students identify their strengths and abilities to advocate for themselves. At Gateway, social/emotional learning is not simply a curriculum paired with the academic program; it is a culture, created and cultivated by every member of the faculty in collaboration with the families. Our campus culture systematically addresses the therapeutic, behavioral and social needs of our students through the development of self-esteem, positive self-concept, positive interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution. The foundation of our Social/Emotional Program, our Student Support Team, is comprised of two Licensed Professional Counselors, one Board Certified Behavior Analyst, one Registered Behavior Technician, and two Speech Language Pathologists.
Research shows that physical activity sparks real, positive changes in the brain that increase attention and improve mood. What’s more, exercise is an inexpensive, self-prescribed, and accessible supplemental treatment option for adults and children with disabilities. Our experience has shown that the therapeutic benefits of physical activity support student growth in the classroom. The underlying philosophy is that if fitness class can be used to instruct kids on how to monitor and maintain their own health and fitness, then the lessons they learn will serve them for life. Our students participate in team sports, running, weight lifting, balance and aerobic activities to develop patterns of fitness that will carry into adulthood.
Michele Joseph, MEd – Head of School
Stephen Tiemann, MDiv – Director of Admissions
3721 Dacoma Street
Houston, Texas 77092
The cornerstone of our program is our strong academic program. Gateway provides a curriculum that follows the Texas recommendations for high school graduation. Teachers meet students at their current academic level and enable them to advance at their own maximum pace. Our students receive instruction in a small group setting led by our learning specialists. Additionally, we equip students with the necessary organization, technology, and executive function skills to develop independence throughout their life. This program enriches our students in the classroom through the development of study skills, in our community through community service projects, and in their daily lives by building a well-defined vision of their future.