Get Fit: Mind & Body

Get Fit Mind & Body is a specially designed Physical Education program for children & young adults with neurodevelopment disorders. We implement a focused core fitness & strengthening based curriculum with emphasis areas on balance development, body control, and spatial awareness training.


Get Fit Mind & Body also incorporates all aspects of sports from coaching, to training, skill development,  and game and play facilitation. Beyond the physical aspects Get Fit Mind & Body, we address topics of health, nutrition & hygiene, and address and develop practical application skills that are necessary to each child & young adult's success.










 Horticulture Garden

Students help maintain the horticulture garden in their respective Science Class



Instrumental Music, Digital Music, and Video Editing are incorporated into our unique Rock Band Curriculum. All students learn how to play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion instruments, and vocals. High School, Middle School, and Lower School perform each year at our Graduation Ceremony.


After School Rock Band is offered to our serious musicians, who would like to play gigs all over the Valley, and potentially explore a career in Music.

                                    Social Group


Gateway utilizes an inclusion service-delivery model. As communication is the primary impairment across our student body, communication skill development is an integral part of our curriculum. Our speech pathologist’s role is Advocacy, which deals with the students strengths, learning differences, and needs; Collaboration: academic standards are aligned with students’ goals and the teachers’ curriculum; and Empowerment: student-led meetings with students demonstrating the ability to express their strengths, learning differences, and needs. Additionally, students are taught how to monitor their goals, Direct Intervention: communication differences class which addresses language (receptive, expressive, and pragmatic lessons), articulation precision drills, literacy drills, academic drills and teaching, executive functioning: word retrieval, fluency, self-regulation, memory, study skills, semantic webbing, etc.; and Pull-Out: as needed for intensive therapy, e.g., stuttering, apraxia, etc.


                               Sensory Integration

Gateway utilizes an inclusion service-delivery model, and is used to promote the development of individual capabilities in the areas of play, work, and daily living skills. Sensory-based activities and experiences are used to enhance development and facilitate sensory integration. Helping the central nervous system integrate sensory input, fosters social and cognitive skill building, leading to confidence and independence.

2020-2021 Clubs

Nerf Wars & Retro Club

VR Club 

Jigsaw Club 

Chess Club 

Competitive Gaming Club 

Art Club 

Movie & Music 

Engineering & Inventions Club

Geek Squad

Culinary Club

Young Entrepreneurs Club

      Community Service


Gateway Academy students are dedicated to helping others, and Service Learning is a very important component in exploring our world. St. Mary's Food Bank, Feed Our Starving Children, Ronald McDonald House are just some of our Community based activities that all students, 6th-12th Grade Participate.

         Equine Therapy


Equine Therapy focuses on improving life skills, relationships, physical strength and riding skills in a strong, interactive approach. Instructors collaborate with students to give each individual the opportunity to overcome fears, anxiety and distraction. In turn, students walk away with increased self esteem, positive behavior and focus. Horses provide the positive feedback, understanding, and patience that make learning and change easy to understand.

Virtual Reality Lab

There’s so much potential for bringing the curriculum to life using virtual and augmented reality experiences, from visiting far-flung corners of the world to holding the human heart in your hands.


VR and Augmented Reality can have a remarkable impact in all areas of learning. Ensuring students are engaged,  and challenged throughout their school career is a key priority for teachers. Virtual and augmented reality can unlock potential, giving students new ways to experience learning and even create their own media.


Vocational training will really begin to feel the impact of virtual and augmented reality over the next year or so. The ability to experience training in 360 is invaluable – and imagine budding mechanics viewing a working engine from all angles without leaving the classroom. All this is possible right now with ClassVR.

          Brandon in our Virtual Reality Lab

               Experiencing Times Square

World Language Lab

The goal of the World Languages Lab at Gateway Academy is to provide the opportunity for our students to accelerate language acquisition through the use of computer resources. By using modern computer programs, students are enabled to see, hear, speak, and write in the new language. They are exposed to the sounds, grammar, and sentence structure of the language, as well as knowledge of the culture that uses the language. During the time they are in the language lab they "swim in the waters" of the new language and thus grow in their communication skills.

          Therapy Dog in Training - Apollo

Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs that are partnered with a facilitator working in a health care, visitation or education (Gateway Academy) setting. Facility dogs are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire students with special needs. Facilitators are working professionals responsible for handling and caring for the facility dog. In an educational setting, a facility dog helps engage students, and students can participate in activities such as grooming, feeding, and playing fetch. Fable is calm, reliable, and affectionate. A well-mannered and highly trained facility dog encourages feelings of calm and security for students. A Facility Dog can boost confidence, feelings of self-sufficiency, and responsibility. One of the most valued qualities of the facility dog is the unconditional love and attention it gives to the students with whom it interacts.

         Desert Tortoise Habitat

Gateway students adopted a Desert Tortoise from AZ Fish & Game. Students are responsible for its care and oversight. Our horticulture garden will grow food items to sustain the tortoise.

Meet Tortilla Steve!

2019-2020 NHS Induction Ceremony

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and outlying territories, which consists of many chapters in high schools. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship (academic achievement), leadership, service, and character. The National Honor Society requires some sort of service to the community, school, or other organizations. The time spent working on these projects contributes towards the monthly service hour requirement. Gateway's National Honor Society is active in community service activities both in the community and at the school. The Gateway Academy Chapter maintains a requirement for participation in such service activities. In addition, NHS elects officers, who, under the supervision of the chapter adviser, coordinate and manage the chapter, as a student organization. At the end of each academic year, students are chosen to receive the President's awards for Educational Achievement and Outstanding Academic Excellence.

                                                                 Student Council

Each Middle and High School Contact group will elect 1 representative and one back up representative to serve on the Gateway Student Council. A representative from each Contact group will be present at monthly Student Council meetings. 


In order to be an eligible candidate for Student Council, the student:

  1. Must demonstrate the Gateway Honor Code consistently in all classes and activities.

  2. Must be comfortable speaking up, and speaking for others, when appropriate.

  3. Must be willing to take on leadership roles for special projects such as: Spring Dance, Spirit Days, Bake Sales, etc.

  4. Must demonstrate appropriate behavior and a positive attitude in all classes.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Student Council!

6th grade:  Skylar DiSalvo

7th grade:  Henry Hildebrand and Julia Glasow

8th grade:  Richard Adelson and Francesca Richman

9th grade:  Owen Henderson and Aurora Augustus

10th grade:  Jake Lashbrooke, Joseph Salomon, and Jordan Anderson

11th grade:  Finn Schwartz and  Brenden O’Robinson

12th grade:  Angelo Chavez and Ben Wicker

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