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

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year
Welcome Back Gators! The 2017-2018 year begins Tuesday, August 29th. The first three days are scheduled as school wide GSA (Gates Success Academy). Students must attend GSA all three days to continue for the year. Students will not receive schedules until the end of GSA. School hours for the 2017-2018 school year will be 7:25 am to 1:50 pm. Early release Wednesday hours will be 7:25 am to 12:20 pm. All student schedules will have 5 periods of academic classes as well as Check & Connect both in the morning and at the end of the day.
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2017-2018 School Picture Dates
Picture Day for all Gates High School students is Monday, September 11th beginning at 7:00 am. All students need to have their picture taken for their student ID as well as for the yearbook. Purchasing pictures is optional. Picture packets will go home with students the week of September 5th. Pricing will be included in the packet. Picture packet money is given directly to the photographers. The photographers do not have change so your payment must be check, credit card, or exact change if you are paying in cash. Picture retakes will be Monday, October 23rd for all students who have not had their picture taken or who are not happy with the pictures they received.
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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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Locate Us

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