The design of a year-round curriculum for GateWay Boarding Academy provides a holistic educational approach, enriching the lives of a broad range of students. In addition to a commitment to academic excellence, the curriculum will afford the students the opportunity to participate in an array of structured extra-curricular activities to include individual academic counseling, athletics, the arts, vocational training, career development, and church attendance. Students will also be enabled to complete a service-learning project as well as participate in and/or initiate school-wide assemblies, and fundraising-entrepreneurship events. Godly life skills, core values, and building safe, healthy communities will be central to the curriculum and reflected in all facets of school life.
Each student will:
- Meet or exceed Maryland State Common Core Standards and earn a minimum of 21 credit hours to graduate.
- Participate in ongoing extracurricular activities to broaden their awareness of self, careers, and community.
- Establish a strong foundation and garner the tools to live a godly, principled life.
The academic history, initial placement and benchmark assessments will be used to assist in determining the individualized learning plan for each student. We expect that:
- Academic History -- On entry to the academy, students will possess a broad range of academic and social skills
- Special Course Offerings -- Pre- and post-assessments will be used to determine placement in higher level math offerings, and AP courses, as well as in basic skill development English and math
- Benchmark Assessments --Students are required to meet benchmarks before moving to the next level;
- Individualized Instruction - All students will be allowed to successfully progress according to their ability
The following exemplify the options from which the individual student's program will be crafted:
- Exploration Opportunities -- community and team building skills, study skills, camping opportunities, summer internships and career explorations.
- Academic Support -- One-on-one tutoring in reading and/or mathematics
- Extra-Curricular Activities -- courses, clubs, and other activities beyond graduation requirements
- Basic Life Skills Instruction -- interactive social skills with peers and adults, the nine GateWay Core Values, independent living skills to include housing and money management, work and study skills, and career and educational planning;
- Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Involvement -- parent(s)/guardian(s) engagement in educational process through volunteering, and counseling from orientation through graduation
Staff Support -- administrator(s), counselor(s), teachers, dorm parents, and support staff will assist in the academic process and extra-curricular activities.