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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

Private Dydasco
Veterans Day Assembly & Swearing In
11/13/2017
This years Veterans day Assembly at Gates High School was very special. GATES HS Senior Joey Dydasco was sworn into the U.S. Army by GATES HS Teacher, Lt Col Pat Calcote at their Veterans Day Assembly in front of his classmates and teachers. Private Dydasco will report to duty at Ft. Jackson, SC on June 23 following his graduation from high school.
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Gates NLC
NLC Raising Awareness & Resources for Food Issues
11/13/2017
Please join the Gates High School NLC (Navigators Leadership Council) raise awareness and resources for Food Security issues at the local and global levels.
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YMCA & GATES Gator Done Graduation Program
11/13/2017
Gator Done Graduation Center is a collaboration of GATES High School, the YMCA, and Franklin Pierce Schools. Program staff from the Y as well as several GATES staff members will be here to encourage, support, and challenge students to excel in the best way possible. We provide a host of after-school academic and enrichment offerings to assist your student in achieving their goals and aspirations.
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813 132nd St S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: 253-298-4000
Fax: 253-298-4015