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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

Cap & Gown
2018 Graduation Information
05/18/2018
Graduation may seem a long way off but it’s not too early to start planning. The 2018 Graduation will be held Saturday June 9, 2018. The ceremony will be held at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Puyallup. More information will be available later in the year.
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Work Based Learning Survey
05/18/2018
Students need to take this Work Based Learning Interest Survey.
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KNKX Radio Article
02/05/2018
On January 29th local public radio station, KNKX, published an article on their web-site about Gates High School and how we are using alternative methods to cut down on suspensions. Ashley Gross the Youth & Education reporter with KNKX spent time on campus talking with both staff and students about how things like restorative circles and community building are helping get to the underlying reasons behind behaviors that would normally result in suspensions.
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813 132nd St S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: 253-298-4000
Fax: 253-298-4015