We are committed to providing students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an Associate's degree, enough college credits to enter a 4 year university as a junior, or a Certificate of Completion in an occupational area.
Our students will graduate prepared for post-secondary education without remediation and/or the workplace with marketable skills. The first of its kind in Phoenix, GateWay Early College is a unique learning institution that provides the rigor of college-level work in high school AND critical affective and academic support from a dedicated staff.
A major component of early college high school is the school-wide advisory program. In addition to academic and career advising, we offer:
- Individual counseling and guidance provided by an ECHS counselor.
- "Check and Connect," a weekly advisory class that serves as an actual place where students "check in" and "connect" with a significant, caring adult and a small group of their peers who will support them as they transition from one grade to the next and on to college.
Each group consists of approximately 15 students to allow for more personal contact and academic success. With increasing enrollment and expanding curriculum, this kind of personal attention will be extremely important.
To help promote a true sense of community in our school, to encourage student advocacy and to inspire in students the confidence to go to an adult for support, all professional staff will be trained to facilitate an advisory class.
Additional Academic Support
Early College students also benefit from additional academic support. Extra help is provided for students to master the high school curriculum, prepare for post-secondary experiences and enroll in college classes at no expense. We provide a college seminar class for students enrolled in college classes, individual and group tutoring. Most significantly, however, is that college tuition is provided by the high school. College textbooks are on loan from the high school.
GateWay Early College High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. We ensure that all students with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).