Welcome to GATES High School

About GATES High School

Welcome to GATES High School.  GATES stands for Greater Alternatives to Educating Students.  We are a small school with a staff that is highly trained and highly committed to the success of all students.  We take pride in our school and the fact that we are a diverse learning community.  We are a Safe and Civil school where students are provided every opportunity to be valued in a learning environment that is highly personalized based on individual student needs and circumstances.  At GATES, we want to keep students in school where they can continue to progress in their learning and prefer to teach appropriate school behaviors rather than punish inappropriate school behaviors.  This is accomplished by building strong and trusting relationships with students, staff, parents, guardians, and the community at large.  Students are held to high standards for attendance and academic progress and have multiple opportunities to demonstrate progress in a non-traditional, competency based learning environment.

At GATES, we understand that life happens.  Many of our students have experienced life circumstances that have created barriers to school success.  We work closely with students and parents/guardians to provide support through outside community resources, a strong comprehensive guidance program, and on site case management services.

GATES students are successful students who graduate with a strong post-secondary plan.  We commit 20 minutes of every school day for students to work on their High School and Beyond Plan with an assigned teacher/mentor.  This time is called Check and Connect and is as important as any other academic course a student takes.  Whether a student wants to go to a four year university, attend a technical college, or enter directly into the workplace, we will work with every student to ensure that they have a viable post-secondary plan that will lead them towards financial security and being a contributing member of their community.

Recent News

Gates Students Take the Lead at the District Farm
On Thursday March 30th GATES students helped lead community volunteers in the first work party of the year. According to Matt Price the Ecosystems Design teacher, our kids killed it today. You would all be super proud of how they represented Gates today!
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2017 Grad Information - Updated
The 2017 GATES High School Graduation will be held Saturday June 10, 2017 at 4:00pm. The ceremony will be held at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Puyallup. Graduates will need to arrive by 3:00pm.
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Yearbook Ad
Yearbook Sales
This year's Gates High School yearbooks will include Senior pictures and quotes by the Class of 2017.
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Locate Us

813 132nd St S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: 253-298-4000
Fax: 253-298-4015