Welcome to Gateway Academy!
Where challenges are seen as learning opportunities and students are accepted and celebrated for their differences!
Gateway Academy provides a unique educational environment for students from age five to nineteen years of age with Asperger's syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-nos, social/behavioral issues, emotional and social difficulties and specific learning difficulties associated with spectrum disorders. Our academy meets the needs of students with varying levels of difficulties and needs, and offers the highest level of education and support.
Gateway Academy’s main objective is to achieve the best possible outcome for the individual according to their needs and abilities. Almost every student we provide for has previously experienced difficulties in their education, which is why we intend to provide our students stability and maximize their individual potential.
Gateway Academy adopts a multidisciplinary approach to education with individually tailored education programs designed to meet the needs of the student. The multidisciplinary team includes teachers, staff, therapists, educational psychologists and psychiatrists, who work together to meet the individual needs of the student. Individual Education Plans (IEP) are implemented to ensure that programs of education are adapted and modified to each individual according to their needs and abilities. Each student is recognized as having innate abilities, aptitudes and talents, and it is our intent to develop these to the fullest through the IEP.
Our students education is differentiated according to each student’s ability. The development of communication, personal and social skills usually forms a large part of their IEP, with an emphasis placed on establishing appropriate social and emotional behavior in school and community settings.
Many of our children and students have experienced difficulties in mainstream school settings, they may have been excluded from school or have had problems at home because of their complex and challenging needs. Later school start time allows students and their families to settle back into education at a more relaxed pace, while developing a positive structure and routine in a safe environment.
Gateway Academy offers the highest level of integrated education and support in a safe, structured, and positive environment. This framework ensures security, develops self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-reliance to provide a pathway towards independence.
O. Robin Sweet
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